Climber rescued from Ore. cliff where teen died
Thursday, August 18, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Portland fire rescue team plucked a weary climber from a ledge on a cliff where two nights earlier a teenager fell and later died.
The fire bureau says 40-year-old Daniel Martinek got tired Wednesday rappelling from Rocky Butte, a 600-foot rise where mountain climbers practice on quarried faces.
The bureau says Martinek's climbing partner, at the top of the cliff, lowered him to the ledge 50 feet below as darkness fell and then summoned help.
Seventeen firefighters, including members of a rope rescue team, spent two hours getting him down.
The bureau says the climbers were not aware of the death Monday night of a 16-year-old who was hanging out with a friend and fell 80 feet.
In May, a climber died in a fall from the cliff.