Washougal teen who was trapped on cliff to meet rescuers
Friday, August 12, 2011
A Washougal teen who survived being stranded on a cliff in Skamania County last month will meet the Coast Guard helicopter crew that saved his life next week.
Hunter Nelson, 17, and his Washougal High classmate Danny Riat, 16, became stranded on a cliff near Archer Mountain July 29. Riat fell 50 feet down a cliff, suffering severe neck and leg injuries. Nelson cared for Riat until Coast Guard rescuers arrived.
Nelson and his family will meet the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew Monday at the Coast Guard air station in Astoria, Ore. The crew airlifted Nelson and Riat to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver.
Doctors have told Riat he won’t walk for six weeks and that rehabilitation will likely last a year, Nelson’s mother, Shauna Nelson, said. Riat suffered two broken vertebrae in his neck and a broken ankle, among other injuries.