Hiker rescued in Josephine County

Josephine County, Ore,. — A hiker is rescued by crews from Josephine and Curry counties after falling 60 feet and being injured on a hike near Agness.

 

“Theres not a good way to describe it, I was laying there for such a long time and couldn’t move.”

Jennifer edwards was on day one of a 5 day hiking trip near Agness on Saturday when she slipped and fell, hitting her head on the way down and breaking her neck.

Luckily she had a two way satellite phone that let her send help messages, even posting a Facebook status.

“I immediately touched the sos button, texted my fiance and even posted a facebook status, because I didn’t know if I would lose consciousness or not.”

The spot Edwards was in made it difficult for rescuers to get to her, so she had to spend the night out there.

“I have a small child so you just think about what you have to do to survive, to make it home.”

Thanks to her golden doodle, Reuben, she was able to survive in the wilderness.
“he stayed with me, slept on top of me, kept me warm, and there was some rustling in the bushes and he barked at it, and when I turned my flashlight on it was a butt of a bear.”

Rueben kept her company until a rescuer from Curry County hiked in and spent the night with her as well.

Then Sunday afternoon Edwards was airlifted to Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass, where her fiancee was waiting for her.

“When I first got to see her at the hospital it was amazing, at that point I knew she was safe, but still very emotional.”

Edwards was released from the hospital this afternoon and is on her way back to Washington tonight.

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