OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK: Ranger said rescue of injured horseman was most difficult

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PORT ANGELES — The Monday rescue of a 50-year-old man who was thrown from a horse in Olympic National Park was the most difficult in recent memory, lead Ranger Mike Danisiewicz said.

Fifteen rangers helped transport Clint Caldwell of Port Angeles out of the park on a wheeled litter. It took four hours to move him 3 miles down the Little River Trail, park spokeswoman Barb Maynes said.

The rugged trail southwest of Port Angeles was slippery from recent rains.

Caldwell, who sustained an apparent chest injury, was treated and released Tuesday from Olympic Medical Center.

He was injured when the horse he was riding reared and then fell on him.

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