A man was transported to Island Hospital in Anacortes Wednesday night after falling off a cliff on Pass Island.
The man, in his 40s, was jogging with his son, who is in his 20s, and tripped and fell off a cliff, according to Deception Pass Park Manager Jack Hartt.
Hartt estimates that the cliff was about 10 feet high, but Mike Brown, deputy chief of North Whidbey Fire and Rescue, said it was probably closer to about 20 feet.
The responders organized to help rescue the injured man.
Where he fell, the man was about 40 feet above sea level. Responders needed to pull him up to Deception Pass Bridge, about 180 feet above sea level.
Brown said it took a “significant effort by 40 people from multiple agencies.”
The responders passed the stretcher from team to team to ensure none of the rescuers were injured during the rescue.
The man was unconscious and not responding at first but woke up and was alert as the emergency responders were bringing him up so he could be transferred to the hospital.
“You really don’t know what kind of internal injuries there could have been,” Brown said. “He was stable on the hike out. How that all went when they got to Island Hospital (in Anacortes), I don’t know.”
Along with members of his department and the state park district, Brown said the Island County Sheriff’s Office, Skagit County and the Navy Search and Rescue also responded to the call.
“It was a very successful operation,” Brown said.