A Gold Beach man faces criminal charges after falling into a creek bed and suffering a leg injury.
According to a release from the Curry County Sheriff John Ward, the incident unfolded at approximately 9:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3,
as the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Gold Beach resident, Paul Heim, 30, who said he had fallen into a creek bed and possibly had broken his ankle.
Heim said he was about two miles up Abe’s Creek behind a locked gate which is about eight miles east of Gold Beach off North Bank Rogue River Road.
Heim said that he was just about out of service on his phone before the phone battery died. Heim said he had called some friends to help him but they could not find him.
The Curry County Sheriff’s SAR team was paged out to respond to the area long with sheriff’s deputies. A Cal Ore Life Flight Ambulance crew responded to the area and staged until SAR could locate Heim. The Cedar Valley North Bank Fire Department also arrived to assist in the search.
At about 10:42 p.m. deputies made voice contact with Heim about a mile east of North Bank Rogue River Road in the Abe’s Creek drainage. The drainage was very steep and brushy and it took SAR members about a half hour to reach Heim and assess his injuries.
SAR members relayed that Heim had built a fire which was a concern due to the high fire danger. Additional SAR members and Cedar Valley North Bank Fire crew cut a trail to the creek bed and carried in ropes and stokes. First responders used an air splint to immobilize Heim’s injured leg and then secured him in a stokes to be carried out. SAR was able to bring Heim back to the vehicles and back down to the gate where Cal Ore ground ambulance was standing by.
At approximately 1:10 a.m. on Sept. 4, almost four hours after Heim had called 911, he was released to Cal Ore Life Flight and transported to Curry General Hospital.
The land owners were contacted and stated Heim did not have permission to be on their property and wished to file trespass charges on Heim. According to Ward, deputies will contact Heim to issue him citations for criminal trespass onto private property and into South Coast Lumber property.