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On May 24 at 3:20 p.m., the Skamania County Sheriff's Office received information regarding an injured hiker on the Cook Hill Trail in the Columbia River Gorge.

Sheriff's deputies, Skamania County Ambulance personnel and volunteers from Wind River Search and Rescue responded.

A 20-year-old woman, Robin Rindfusz, was located approximately 1.5 miles up the trail with a possible broken ankle.

Rescue workers carried Rindfusz to the main road, where she was transported by private vehicle to the hospital.

On May 24 at 7 p.m., a hiker reported seeing what he believed was parts of an airplane crash while hiking in the Gorge.

Paul Moore of Vancouver escorted deputies to the area. Deputies located a debris field from an old airplane crash.

Records indicate the crash happened in January 1971. An Air commander 680 was on a test flight from Spokane to Hillsboro, Ore., airport.

Reports show severe weather during this time. The pilot, Manny Guimarra, was killed in the crash.

On May 25, at 7:15 p .m., the Skamania County Sheriff's Office took a report of an overdue spelunker in the Ice Cave area.

Forest Service Law Enforcement Officers and deputies responded.

A Vancouver man, Chris Molyneux, 36, was last observed several hours earlier. As the officers were getting more information, Molyneux emerged from the cave.

Molyneux told deputies he got disoriented and had trouble finding his way out. Molyneux is an experienced caver and suffered no injuries.

On May 26, at 2:25 p.m., the sheriff's office received an emergency call of an injured kayaker in the Little White Salmon River.

Deputies, along with the Skamania County Ambulance and Wind River Search and Rescue, responded.

Jason Lien, 32, Eugene, Ore., suffered severe head injuries. Rescue workers attempted to reach Lien but the terrain was too hazardous.

A MAST helicopter from the 1042nd in Salem, Ore., responded for assistance.

Lien was hoisted to the helicopter and transported by air to a Portland hospital.



Jason J. Young, 32, Lake Oswego, Ore., escaped injury when he was involved in a one-vehicle accident on May 23, 2003, at milepost 28 on State Route 14.

According to the report, Young was traveling westbound on SR 14. The 1995 Toyota pickup left the roadway to the north, entered a ditch and rolled onto the driver's side.

Young was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

The pickup sustained approximately $6,000 damage.


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