Man dead, woman injured after falling 70 feet from cliff in Umpqua National Forest

The two got lost and fell down a cliff near Umpqua Hot Springs.

Posted: Sep 9, 2019 10:51 AM
Updated: Sep 9, 2019 6:26 PM

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- A man is dead and a woman is injured after falling 70 feet from a cliff near Umpqua Hot Springs, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said.

Authorities received reports that a man and woman had fallen off a cliff in the 2000 block of Thorn Prairie Road at about 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. The area is in the Umpqua National Forest near the Toketee Ranger Station, about 60 miles east of Roseburg.

Deputies, search and rescue, U.S. Forest Service personnel and Bay Cities Ambulance responded to the scene.

Azrael Maujean, 20, of Grants Pass was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg with serious injuries.

Deputies said they recovered the body of Christian Simmons, 24, of Grants Pass, who was found dead at the scene.

“It’s always tragic when somebody loses life or limb and they leave family behind," said Ed Bryant, a hiker in the area. "Even if not for yourself, but for your family, you pay attention to what you’re doing.”

Reports indicate the two were in the hot springs area Saturday night and got lost, falling off the cliff. The next day, people in the area found Maujean and called 911.

Neither Maujean nor Simmons had equipment for being in the wilderness at night.

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