"The trail was easy enough up until approaching the waterfall where the trail became treacherous."
Authorities in Oregon reported that a father died and three youngsters were saved after they fell from a cliff while hiking. According to a statement from Curry County Sheriff John Ward on Facebook, Ryan Acord, 36, of Grant's Pass was hiking with his wife, two sons, and a friend of one of the boys when they fell from a cliff north of Secret Beach. The sheriff told KOBI that Ryan, who witnessed the children fall "over the initial portion of the embankment," tripped while attempting to save them and fell. According to the sheriff's report, his wife Jordan Acord made the police call.
As per Ward's statement, first responders discovered Ryan, 36, and Nolan Haptonstall, 8, on the stony shore about 200 feet below the trail's terminus. Ryan was declared dead on the spot. "They followed Google Maps and it pointed them in the wrong spot and they thought they were in the right spot so they parked and went down the wrong trail," Ward told NBC affiliate KOBI. They had intended to be on a route, but it "was not marked clearly," according to a GoFundMe page created on behalf of his family. As a result, they "ended up on the wrong trail, which was Thunder Cove."
"The trail was easy enough up until approaching the waterfall where the trail became treacherous. At this point, it was too late and tragedy unfolded before their eyes," read a message on the page. The child was flown out of the area and sent to Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach by a US Coast Guard helicopter, according to Ward. Later, he was flown via Air Reach to Portland's Oregon Health and Science University Hospital.
According to the statement, the boy's mother informed the sheriff that while her kid fell and suffered critical injuries, he is now "doing fine" and is anticipated to make "a full recovery." The two boys, ages 12 and 8, who had "fallen off the upper portion of the trail" and crashed down the steep hillside, were located by search and rescue teams, according to Ward's statement. According to the sheriff's report, the 12-year-old child, named by authorities as Kade Acord, was discovered "hanging onto a small tree," which had prevented him from falling any further. He was brought to Curry General Hospital by Cal-Ore Life Flight Ambulance, treated there, and then released.
Shortly after being rescued, the 8-year-old boy, named Liam Stidham, "was uninjured and released" to his mother, Jordan, the sheriff continued. After the rescues were finished, Ryan's body was airlifted out of the vicinity by the US Coast Guard, according to Ward. According to the Salem Statesman Journal, Secret Beach is one of the numerous undiscovered beaches in the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor. In the past three years, three fatalities have occurred nearby.
The hiking area has become increasingly popular in recent years but has also seen an uptick in deaths – three people have now died in accidents the past three years. https://t.co/Ldsk2X2Rj6— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) April 27, 2023
“Ryan was a courageous, brave, brilliant, adventurous husband and dad, he will be missed dearly,” the family's GoFundMe said. “His passing has left (his wife) and her sons deeply saddened and forever changed by this tragedy. She not only lost her husband but her best friend and their boys not only lost their daddy but their rock and provider.”
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