Pamela Salant, Oregon Woman, Rescued After Three Nights In Forest

08/03/2011 08:04 am ET | Updated Oct 03, 2011


PORTLAND, Ore. -- 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 () 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.


Information from: The Oregonian,