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Coast Guard rescues man 800 feet down Crater Lake caldera

Aerial view of the caldera of Crater Lake National Park near Rim Village Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, June 10, 2019. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew, from Coast Guard Sector North Bend, flies over Crater Lake National Park, June 10, 2019. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter lands at a Crater Lake parking area to transfer an injured man to AirLink Critical Care Transport, June 10, 2019.

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NORTH BEND, Ore. — The Coast Guard rescued a man who fell into the Crater Lake caldera, Monday afternoon, assisting the National Park Service and a District 3 Technical Rope Rescue Team.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Sector North Bend hoisted the man out of the caldera and transferred him to an AirLink Critical Care Transport team who flew the injured man to Bend for care and treatment.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend received a call at 3:47 p.m., from the Crater Lake National Park Service rangers requesting helicopter support for an injured man who fell into Crater Lake’s caldera near Rims Village. 

The Coast Guard aircrew arrived on scene at 4:28 p.m. with the District 3 rope team already 600 feet down into the caldera. The District 3 team reported they could hear a man yelling from further down into the caldera. 

The aircrew was hovering above the injured man within 15 minutes of arriving on scene and conducted the hoist before landing in a nearby parking lot and transferring the injured man to the AirLink helicopter crew. The aircrew departed Crater Lake at 5:27 p.m., stopped in Roseburg to refuel and returned to North Bend.

The condition of the injured man is unknown at this time.