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Douglas County, Washington – Injured Hiker Rescued from Pine Canyon

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Posted on March 4, 2020

Douglas County, Washington (February 27, 2020) – An injured hiker was rescued from Pine Canyon on Thursday night. According to an article from 560 KPQ News Radio, 38 year-old Jon Davis from East Wenatchee had sustained non-life-threatening leg injury and was unable to climb down from his location. He was later transported to Central Washington Hospital for treatment.

The incident was initially a report from a passing motorist about about flames on the hillside in Pine Canyon  around 9:15 p.m. on Thursday night. According to information from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, deputies and personnel from Douglas County Fire District 1 responded to the scene and found the injured hiker. Members of the Chelan County High Angle Team were also called in to assist with the extrication of the patient due to the steepness of the terrain.

About Falls and Related Injuries

According to the World Health Organization, falling down is the 2nd leading cause for accidental or unintentional deaths. This is second only to road traffic injuries as the leading cause of unintentional injury death. While most cases of falls are non-fatal, as seen in this case, it can still be cause for concern due to the injuries related with falls. An approximate amount of 37.3 million falls are said to require medical attention every year. Injuries may not always be serious, but have the potential to be life-threatening or disabling – examples of injures with long-term effects are broken bones (commonly fractures in the hip or wrist) or head injuries, as falls are the leading cause for traumatic brain injuries.

While falls are a matter of concern for all people, there are some factors which can make falls more risky for some. Age is one of these factors – particularly, the elderly and children are said to be at most risk in falls. Adults over the age of 65 are said to suffer the most number of fatal falls. Furthermore, adult victims may be more susceptible to future falls once they have sustained injuries from another fall. Children are at risk due to having developing bodies, and innate curiosity to explore. Factors such as environment, occupation, alcohol or substance use, and other medical conditions can also affect the risk of falls. As such, we urge everyone to do what they can to help prevent falls. Be sure to look out for hazards in the area which may lead to a fall. Keeping the body healthy is also a good way to help prevent falls, as a healthy body will have far more coordination and be ready to respond to a fall should it happen. There are many ways to ensure our safety, and preventing falls is one of them.