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One hiker dies, another injured on Saturday

One hiker died and other was injured Saturday in two separate incidents in the Mutnomah Falls area of the Columbia Gorge.

The injured hiker is identified as Dante Garcia, 19, of Portland. The name of the deceased hiker was not immediately released.

According to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, at approximately 10:15 a.m. on May 24, MCSO deputies responded to the report of an older male hiker having a medical emergency on the trail above Multnomah Falls. Deputies arrived along with Corbett Fire and AMR personnel. An MCSO deputy on duty who was also a member of the Green Hornet Trail Rescue Team ran up the Multnomah Falls trail and located the hiker.

The deputy evaluated and stayed with the man for approximately 45 minutes until AMR arrived. Shortly afterward, the man went into cardiac arrest. LifeFlight was activated as AMR and the MCSO deputy worked together to begin lifesaving efforts.

As the man was brought back down the hill, the group had to stop several times to focus on CPR and other revival efforts. But the man was unable to be revived and was pronounced deceased when he arrived at the transport.

The Multnomah County Medical Examiner responded and the hiker's name is being withheld pending family notifications.

Then, at approximately 5:30 p.m. that afternoon, MCSO deputies and Corbett Fire responded to Wahkeena Falls on the report of a hiker who fell off a trail and was briefly knocked unconscious. His companions on the hike called 911 after seeing his injuries and how disoriented he was when he regained consciousness.

The hikers were not sure where they were at on the trail, but said they had left from the Wahkeena Falls Trailhead. MCSO Green Hornet Trail Rescue personnel and MCSO SAR were activated to assist in locating the hikers.

GPS data obtained from the cell phone of one of the hikers indicated they were on a trail somewhere above the Multnomah Falls Trailhead. Corbett Fire personnel responded up from the Multnomah Falls Trailhead as MCSO Green Hornet Trail Rescue team members began searching the trail running from the Wahkeena Trailhead.

Corbett Fire and MCSO Green Hornet Trail Rescue team members located the hikers on Perdition Trail, a closed-off trail connectd to the Multnomah Falls trail at approximately 7:20 p.m. MCSO SAR staged at Multnomah Falls in case they were needed as Corbett Fire and MCSO Green Hornets escorted the hiker back down the trail to the Multnomah Falls Trailhead. The hiker was then transported for evaluation at a local hospital.

According to MCSO, Garcia and two other hikers started out on from the Wahkeena Falls Trailhead for a hike up the trail at approximately 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon. After traveling up the trails they reached a small waterfall. Dante climbed up on the waterfall for a picture. As he climbed back down after the picture, Dante lost his footing and fell approximately twenty feet to the ground and knocked himself unconscious.

Dante's companions pulled him away from the edge of the water and were concerned with his injuries and how disoriented he was when he woke up and called 911. None of the hikers were carrying emergency supplies or trail maps with them as they embarked on their hike.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would like to remind persons contemplating a hike or outing on hiking trails within the Columbia Gorge and other scenic areas to research their hike prior and stay on the marked trails as closed trails are not maintained and can be hazardous. Make sure to carry proper equipment when setting out including a map, compass, flashlight, extra food and water, extra clothing, fire starter, knife, first aid kit and signaling device. A GPS and a cell phone with extra battery. Let someone know where you're hiking and when you'll return before you start your hike.