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Man suffering medical emergency rescued at Paradise Point State Park

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor

Clark County Fire and Rescue assisted a 28-year-old man who suffered a medical emergency while hiking at Paradise Point State Park on Thursday afternoon.

The man called 911 about 2:45 p.m. but didn’t know his exact location. A rescue unit and battalion chief were dispatched to start looking for him. Dispatch attempted to call the man back to obtain his location but couldn’t ping his cellphone, Chief John Nohr said.

The rescue unit located the man about 3:25 p.m. a mile in on the trail but determined it would be too difficult to carry him out. They deployed a special rescue raft from across East Fork Lewis River and brought the man back across to the boat landing, Nohr said.

AMR paramedics evaluated the man and recommended he be seen at a hospital, Nohr said, but he declined to be transported.

Clark County Fire and Rescue’s coverage area includes the north and east forks of the Lewis River, the Lake River tributary and part of the Columbia River, plus multiple lakes and ponds, Nohr said, so they have several marine assets.

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