RESCUERS CARRY INJURED BOY TWO MILES

June 04, 2000 12:00 am

Brookings youth Brad Cupps, 14, of South Bank Chetco River Road, took a spill on his motorbike on Mount Emily Road and sustained a fracture to his left leg.

Cupps was riding a 350 cc motorcycle Wednesday on Mount Emily Road when he took a corner too fast and fell 30 feet down an embankment, said Fire Chief Bill Sharp.

Cupps was riding motorcycles with two friends. Before taking the ride, Cupps and his friends told their parents to come looking for them if they werent back within a few hours.

A father of one of the boys came looking for them on a four-wheeler when they hadnt returned, said Chief Sharp.

An ambulance was called. Brookings fire personnel were called in to do a medical assist and arrived shortly after the first ambulance.

Cupps friends took Chief Sharp and the medical personnel to the beginning of the trail, which was about two and a half miles from where the emergency vehicles were parked. Cupps was found on the trail and packed out by Sharp and medical personnel on a stretcher. They took Cupps up the hillside on a small trail to a logging road owned by South Coast Lumber.

Bill Woosley of Coos Forest Patrol was contacted because he had the keys to open the logging road gate, Chief Sharp said. He arrived with a truck and Cupps was placed on the truck and driven to a second ambulance waiting by Salmon Run Golf and Wilderness Preserve.

Cupps was taken to Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City where a rod was placed in his fractured leg to stabilize it, said Nursing Supervisor Karen Schaefer.

At the scene of the accident, medical personnel originally thought Cupps nose was broken. Schaefer said his nose wasnt broken.

She said Cupps was wearing a helmet and did not sustain any head injuries, although the helmet was broken in half.

Cupps was listed in stable condition Friday at the hospital and was expected to go home soon.