The Coast Guard rescued a 16-year-old injured Washougal climber by helicopter early Saturday morning after a 50-foot fall off a cliff-side near Archer Mountain in western Skamania County.

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Teen recalls harrowing hike

He helped injured friend until rescued by helicopter

WASHOUGAL — The spirit of adventure called Washougal High students Hunter Nelson and Danny Riat to explore a new path of imposing cliffs near Archer Mountain Friday night. Hours after their camping trip went horribly awry, Nelson’s unshakable calm and knowledge of survival skills helped keep his friend alive until emergency responders could reach them near Cape Horn in the Columbia River Gorge. A rock slide caused Riat, 16, to fall from a ledge 50 feet down the cliff’s side around 7 p.m. He landed feet first then rolled dozens of feet before coming to rest on a tree trunk. Nelson, who watched his friend’s plummet, hurried down to find Riat unconscious but still breathing.

Coast Guard rescues climbers in Skamania County

The Coast Guard rescued a 16-year-old injured Washougal climber early Saturday morning after a 50-foot fall off a cliff-side near Archer Mountain in western Skamania County. The boy was accompanied by another 16-year-old boy who was not injured but also stranded.

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