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Search and rescue team members from Linn County and Corvallis carry Corvallis resident Jeffry Hess out of the Mount Washington Wilderness Area on Sunday morning. 

Search and Rescue aids injured hiker

Members of the Linn County Search and Rescue and Corvallis Mountain Rescue helped carry 47-year-old Jeffry Hess of Corvallis out of the Mount Washington Wilderness Area east of Sweet Home Sunday morning.

Hess was rock climbing with Jake Ford, 31, of Lebanon when a rock gave way. Hess fell about 20 feet, breaking an ankle, according to Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley.

Ford and three other climbers in the area started carrying Hess down the mountain about 9:05 a.m.

Members of Linn County Search and Rescue hiked in and helped carry Hess out to the Pacific Crest Trailhead, arriving more than 11 hours after receiving the original call. Hess was transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.

Linn County Search and Rescue had 28 members respond. They were assisted by six members from Corvallis Mountain Rescue.

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Contact Linn County reporter Alex Paul at 541-812-6114.

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