Rescuer suffers medical emergency while searching for hiker near Multnomah Falls

Rescuer suffers medical emergency while searching for hiker near Multnomah Falls
Robert Gwynn

A Multnomah County Search and Rescue team member was airlifted from the Columbia Gorge after suffering a medical emergency while rescuers found a lost hiker early Wednesday morning near Multnomah Falls.

Richard Chambers, 63, of Gresham, was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to a hospital. He is in stable condition, the sheriff's office said.

Chambers is an avid hiker and served in both the Army and Coast Guard.

Rescuers were able to locate Robert Gwynn, of Florida, by yelling his name along the trails overnight.

Gwynn walked out with rescuers. He said he stayed on the trail too late and the daylight got away from him.

"It wasn't confusing until it got dark. I think I then started getting panicky," Gwynn said. "This is an area I don't really know. I'm just visiting a friend of mine."

Gwynn was not carrying any equipment with him. He said he was cold and thirsty, but otherwise OK.

Multnomah County dispatchers received a 911 call from Gwynn, who said he was lost and his cellphone battery was almost dead, around 11:20 p.m. Tuesday. Gwynn was trying to get back to his vehicle, but was not sure where he was.

Rescuers were on the trails by 2:45 a.m. and the located Gwynn just after 3 a.m.