Curry Pilot

A 25-year-old hiker was safely rescued Wednesday after alerting authorities he was stranded about 200 feet above the beach from a cliff on Humbug Mountain south of Port Orford, according to Curry County Sheriff John Ward.

Ward said hiker James Garvis of Winchester, Virginia, called the sheriff’s office about 7:47 p.m., saying he was stuck and could not go up or go back down.

At about 7:56 p.m., Curry County feputies arrived in the area. Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded to the area and the U.S. Coast Guard was notified and asked to assist.

Ward said deputies located Garvis stuck on the side of a steep cliff about two hundred feet above the beach. Garvis told deputies his legs were cramping.

The sheriff and SAR members determined Garvis was in a location that they would not be able to rescue him safely and the only way to get him down was a helicopter.

The U.S. Coast Guard arrived and after assessing the situation was able to lower a rescue swimmer down and attached a harness to Garvis. The Coast Guard then lifted Garvis from the cliff to the helicopter.

Curry County Deputies and SAR members then shut the highway down so Coast Guard chopper could land and drop off Garvis.

“We are so fortunate here in Curry County to have the partnership with the USCG who does an amazing job,” Ward said. “They are able to safely rescue subjects in certain situations that keep SAR members from risking their own lives and we appreciate the relationship.”

After the rescue, Garvis was given a ride by a deputy to the Humbug Campground where he was camping with family and friends, according to War.

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