Monday, July 17, 2017

Texas Teen Rescued from Blue Pool


News Release from Linn County Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: July 17th, 2017 9:05 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that today at 12:30 p.m., 17-year-old Kyra Odom, her mother, Heidi Odom of Kountze, Texas and five other friends hiked into Tamolitch Falls, also known as Blue Pool to swim and jump from the cliffs.

Two of Kyra's friends had already successfully jumped into the water from a cliff approximately 30 to 35 feet above the water. Kyra had no prior experience jumping from cliffs and partially fell while attempting her jump. As she fell, she hit a rock approximately 20 feet down. After colliding with the rock, she continued to fall and landed in approximately 12-18 inches of water.

Kyra suffered a substantial injury to her left hip, possibly resulting in a fracture. The two friends who had previously jumped from the cliff jumped in again and were able to pull her across Blue Pool to safety where she was stabilized.

There is no cell phone service at Blue Pool. A bystander hiked the 2-mile trail out to the trailhead near Trail Bridge Reservoir to call for help at 2:00 p.m. Because of the proximity to Lane County, the initial 9-1-1 call for help was received by the Lane County Sheriff's Office, then routed to the Linn County Sheriff's Office.

Search and Rescue teams from Linn County, Lane County, Corvallis Mountain Rescue, Eugene Mountain Rescue along with The Upper McKenzie Fire Department, Sweet Home Fire Department and the USFS responded to assist with the rescue. Initial responding teams were able to reach Kyra by 3:00 p.m. As additional SAR teams arrived, Kyra was hoisted manually with ropes and technical climbing gear to the top of the Blue Pool Waterfall which is currently dry. In all, more than 40 personnel assisted with the rescue mission.

At 5:43 p.m. an Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter was able to safely hoist Kyra from the top of the waterfall and transport her to Riverbend Hospital in Eugene where she is in stable condition.

Sheriff Riley would like to remind citizens that cliff diving can be very dangerous and should be avoided. Blue Pool has been the location of several search and rescue missions. If hiking or swimming in and around Blue Pool, extra caution should be taken.
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