Please reference CCSO Case # 19-018812
Photos from the rescue operation (Dropbox folder)
Just after noon on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of an injured male on the Molalla River, near Milepost 6 on Molalla Forest Rd.
The injured male's son flagged down a passerby who contacted authorities for help.
Deputies and Molalla Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and located the injured man -- Martin Stipp, 58, of Tracy, CA.
Officials learned Mr. Stipp had swung on a rope with the intent of jumping into the Molalla River. He landed on a rock and likely fractured his leg.
The subject was at the bottom of an embankment and would require a technical rope rescue to lift him up to where first responders could treat and transport him.
Using the extended ladder from the fire engine, rescuers worked together to hoist the Mr. Stipp in a Stokes basket. He was then transported by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment.
A May video of our Water Rescue Team on a high-angle rope training exercise can be found here: https://youtu.be/dR3x6zw2C7M