Church Group Stranded on Cliff For Nearly a Day
Brother and sister
August 22, 2013, 3:46 pm
By KXL Staff
MULTNOMAH FALLS -- A church youth group and their leader went on a day hike Wednesday that turned into an ordeal lasting nearly 24 hours.
They were hiking between Multnomah and Oneonta Falls and went off the trail. They wound up stuck on a steep cliff at 1,500'.
"They could no longer go down any further and could not make their way back up. So, unfortunately they were stuck in a precarious situation where they were unable to move," said Sgt. Steve Angler of the Multnomah County Sheriff's office.
The group had snacks and water, but no flashlights or emergency gear. Rescuers only found their location by pinging a cell phone signal. It was too steep for rescuers to reach, so they waited for more resources. Ropes and rigging were used to reach the hikers.
The five teens and a woman are from a church group with members in Gladstone, Oregon City and Grass Valley. They're very tired, but said to be doing okay.