PMR Recovers 2nd Auto Accident Victim in 9 Days
Sunday, September 8, 2003
At the request of the Clackamas Country (OR) Sheriff's Office, nine Portland Mountain Rescue volunteers responded Monday to recover the body of a motor vehicle accident victim near Estacada, Oregon.  This mission occurred just nine days after PMR recovered the body of another auto accident victim near the same area.
The subject of this accident, a 20 year old male, was ejected from his sport utility vehicle Friday evening after it left a winding portion of Forest Road 45 along the Memaloose Creek about 10 miles SE of Estacada.  The man died from his injuries and, unfortunately, the scene of the accident was not discovered until Sunday afternoon due to the thick vegetation of the area.  Family had reported the subject missing on Saturday after he failed to arrive at his destination.
The man's body was 300 feet down a steep embankment and required technical extraction.  The PMR team placed the victim's body into a rescue litter and, using a rope and pulley system, hauled it up to the roadside.  PMR regularly uses this technique for cliff and crevasse rescues.
Portland Mountain Rescue specializes in mountain and high angle rescues, but responds to non-mountain missions - like motor vehicle accident body recoveries - as requested by local authorities.