Touchet — A hunter stuck on a steep bank north of Touchet was rescued by fire crews after spending approximately nine hours in the elements.
District 3 Fire Chief Jim Ruffcorn said the man slid down a 100-foot steep bank near Luckenbill and Yox roads near the Touchet River.
About 60 feet down the man came to rest in a narrow saddle.
He is lucky he landed on that little saddle because if he had went 30 feet either way, he would have continued and hit the bottom, Ruffcorn said.
The man slid down the bank around 5 p.m. Friday. When he failed to return home, the father of the man went to look for him, found the vehicle and called dispatch around 11:40 p.m.
Crews from District 3, 4, 6 and Walla Walla Fire Department searched for approximately an hour before locating the man around 12:30 a.m.
It took another 90 minutes for specially trained fire crews to arrive with equipment, rappel down the bank and haul the man out.
The man was transported to Providence St. Mary Medical Center. His condition and name were not released.