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Man injured when drill rig goes over cliff south of Yachats

The operator was rescued quickly by those who were on site and taken by ambulance to a hospital in Florence.

Posted: Feb 12, 2021 3:35 PM
Updated: Feb 12, 2021 9:54 PM

BOB CREEK, Ore. – A drill rig with a man inside went over a cliff on the Oregon coast south of Yachats on Friday, falling about 150 feet to the ocean floor below.

The man was rescued quickly by those who were on site and taken by ambulance to a hospital in Florence. His condition is not known.

The incident happened at about noon on Friday while crews were working to fix the roadway  9 miles south of Cape Perpetua.

“An historic wall collapsed, sending a drill rig and its operator over the side of a cliff,” said Angela Beers-Seydel of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The operator is an employee of GeoStabilization International, which is the contractor hired by ODOT to do the road repair.

The emergency road repair is needed because ground movement is causing cracks in the roadway.

“We already had 24-hour flagging in place, which will continue,” Beers-Seydel said. “The area is being assessed, but at this time ODOT plans to continue the project to completion. It started Monday and was estimated to last 10 to 12 days.”

The excavator took out a section of guardrail when it went over the cliff.

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