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Man falls 250 feet into drainage area at Crater Lake.

Byline: Alisha Roemeling The Register-Guard

A 21-year-old Portland man fell about 250 feet into a creek drainage area at Crater Lake National Park over the weekend, prompting fire crews to carry him out of the area, park officials said Wednesday.

Park spokeswoman Jennifer Evans said Xiong Wei Yu was exploring the area near the Pinnacles Trailhead with friends when he got too close to the edge of the Wheeler Creek Canyon and fell about 7 p.m. Saturday.

Evans said Yu landed near some snow that had built up over Wheeler Creek and suffered "very serious injuries," but she did not know his condition as of Wednesday.

The Pinnacles area of the park features many types of geological rock formations, including spires as tall as 60 feet. Evans said Yu was attempting to get a better look at one of the rocks when he slipped.

Park rangers and Oregon Department of Forestry wildland fire crews responded to the incident and carried Yu out to a nearby ambulance, Evans said.

The ambulance then took Yu to the Mount Scott Trailhead area within the park, where he was airlifted to a hospital.

Much of the terrain at the park is steep with rocky, sandy and gravelly surfaces, Evans said. Hiking inside the caldera is prohibited year-round.

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Title Annotation:Accidents; This is a QuickRead set in two columns, but now the rule is gone from up top
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jul 28, 2016
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