Ore. woman rescued after 3 nights in forest

August 3, 2011 - 1:59 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An injured Oregon woman who spent three nights in the Mount Hood National Forest after tumbling off a cliff says she ate berries, drank from a creek and tried to scoot to safety on her bottom because she couldn't walk.

Hood River County sheriff's Detective Matt English said 28-year-old Pamela Salant of Portland was in serious condition late Tuesday at a Portland hospital with a possible broken left leg. An Oregon Army National Guard helicopter rescued her Tuesday afternoon.

Hospital officials said she was expected to stay overnight for evaluation.

The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/oRvW76) says Salant got separated from her boyfriend, Aric Essig, on Saturday as they dropped their gear near Bear Lake and went looking for a camping spot. After her fall, English says Salant began following a creek, trying to reach the Columbia River and get help. She ended up in a steep drainage, about a mile and a half from the lake.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com