By: Deputy Cliff Cox, Assistant SAR Coordinator

Occurred: 06/23/2016 at 6:45 p.m.
Location: Trail System near Tumalo Falls
Rescued: Jeff Hess, 50 yrs, Bend OR


On June 23, 2016 at approximately 6:54 PM, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Special Services Deputies were dispatched to the area of Tumalo Falls for a Mountain Bike Crash.

It was learned that Jeff Hess was riding with two other riders. Hess lost control and crashed approximately one half mile from the parking lot. Hess was wearing a helmet and his fellow riders were able call 9-1-1 and provide accurate location information.

One Deputy and 16 SAR Volunteers responded to the scene. Rescuers had to hike to the patient and reached him shortly after 8 PM. Rescuers packaged Hess into a wheeled litter and transported him to the parking lot where he was turned over to Bend Fire Department paramedics.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind our citizens of the importance of having proper gear including navigation and means of communication when recreating in the backcountry.