Lebanon firefighters rescue man after fall down embankment

A passerby saw a dog at the edge and found the man and another dog clinging to the embankment near the Mark’s Slough Trail.

Posted: Dec 12, 2018 7:15 PM

LEBANON, Ore. -- A 71-year-old Lebanon man was rescued Wednesday after falling down a 40-foot embankment into the South Santiam River, the Lebanon Fire District said.

A passerby saw a dog at the edge and found the man and another dog clinging to the embankment near the Mark’s Slough Trail.

Firefighters rescued the man, who was taken to the Lebanon Community Hospital with hypothermia. The man was otherwise in stable condition.

The dogs were given a ride home by their human mom, officials said.

The fire district reminds people that rivers are dangerous in the winter, and if you go out walking on trails or near rivers, it’s important to let someone know where you’re going and what time you’ll be returning.

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