Fire crews rescue biker who slipped off the Springwater Trail
At the border between Portland and Clackamas County, rescuers responded to the Springwater Trail bridge over Johnson Creek at 1:12 p.m. on Friday, November 30, to assist a bicyclist who had slipped down the steep embankment and into the creek's chilly water.
The 9-1-1 Center dispatch pinpointed the location as west of S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard and north of S.E. Ochoco Street. From downtown, Portland Fire & Rescue's Station 1 "High Angle Technical Rescue" team pulled up along McLoughlin Boulevard, under the pedestrian bridge.
This crew, joined by a team from Clackamas Fire District #1, grabbed their gear, and began scrambling up the steep, muddy embankment from the highway – about 50 feet up to the edge of the bridge and trail.
Once up there, they found crews from Woodstock Fire Station 25 and Westmoreland Fire Station 20 already there, having come northeast on the trail from Ochoco Street.
"The rope rescue gear wasn't needed," afterwards explained a lieutenant from Clackamas Fire Truck 302, as he and his crew started walking back to their truck. "Apparently, a bike rider stopped, stepped off the trail, and slipped down the steep slope into the creek; firefighters helped the person back up to the trail for a medical evaluation."
The victim appeared to be shaken, but uninjured, and did not require a trip to the hospital.