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Posted on Apr 2, 2015

Feathers climber falls from rocks

A man suffered multiple fractures last weekend after falling more than 20 feet from the popular rock climbing area called The Feathers.

The accident happened at about 5 p.m. Saturday in the Frenchman Coulee recreation area off of Old Vantage Highway. Emergency responders were able to stabilize the injured climber and remove him from the rocky climbing area, said Lt. David Durfee of Grant County Fire District No. 3.

The injured climber was transported by MedStar helicopter to Confluence Health in Wenatchee, Durfee said. The lieutenant did not know the name of the patient, who was not a local resident.

Emergency calls to help climbers who have fallen off the rocks in The Feathers are not uncommon this time of the year, Durfee said.

“It happens three to four times a year out there,” he said.

In fact, the Frenchman Coulee area, which attracts many outdoor recreationists, can bring much activity for the fire district, Durfee said. Emergency personnel last week also responded to a call of a hiker stranded on the west side of the Columbia River and in need of medical attention, Durfee said.

About 14 firefighters from Quincy and George responded on Saturday, Durfee added.


— By Jill FitzSimmons,

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