Man injured in fall while on rafting trip

A Sacramento man fell at a camp at Tate Creek Saturday evening and had to be carried out of the forest by guides and other rescue workers.

At about 6:45 p.m. Saturday, the Curry County Sheriff's Department got a call from Josephine County officials who had a brief satellite phone call from people on the river reporting an injured rafter. The satellite call dropped, but officials later determined that Thomas Frye, 59, of Sacramento, had fallen about 20 feet and landed on his head, causing paralysis, the Curry County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

Frye was on a river-rafting trip guided by Echo River Trips in Grants Pass. The float group stabilized Frye on a table top and started down the Rogue River to where a Curry County Sheriff's boat with medical professionals on board was prepared to meet them.

A Mercy Flights helicopter was called, but impending darkness and difficult terrain prevented the helicopter from reaching the patient. The boats continued to Foster Bar, where Agness Rescue, Cal-Ore Ambulance and additional Curry County deputies were waiting. They arrived at about 9:40 p.m. and Frye was taken to Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City, Calif., with head, neck and back injuries, the sheriff's department reported.

— Anita Burke

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