Ore. woman rescued after 3 nights in forest

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Posted: Aug 03, 2011 3:05 AM
Ore. woman rescued after 3 nights in forest

A 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 says 28-year-old Pamela Salant of Portland was in serious condition late Tuesday with a possible broken left leg after an Oregon Army National Guard helicopter rescued her.

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

The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/oRvW76) says Salant got separated from her boyfriend Saturday as they dropped their gear near a 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