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  • Man who fell down Crater Lake slope seems on the mend

    Eric Brimlow was upgraded from critical to serious condition at RVMC
  • The 27-year-old New York man critically injured in a fall into the Crater Lake caldera in early July has been upgraded from critical to serious condition, a Rogue Valley Medical Center spokesman said.
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  • The 27-year-old New York man critically injured in a fall into the Crater Lake caldera in early July has been upgraded from critical to serious condition, a Rogue Valley Medical Center spokesman said.
    Spokesman Grant Walker was unable to discuss specific details because of privacy laws, but said that Eric Brimlow's condition had improved late last week and that as of Thursday morning, Brimlow was still at the hospital.
    Brimlow was with friends on the morning of July 10 when he stepped on top of a rock wall barrier on the path of an overlook at Crater lake National Park. For unknown reasons, he jumped across a gap separating the wall from the rim, which was covered in snow. Unable to stop himself, he began sliding down the steep, slippery bank until he was caught in some trees.
    It took four hours to rescue Brimlow by stretcher from the caldera using a park ranger-led rope team trained in high-angle rescue. Nearly 50 park personnel were involved in the effort.
    He was airlifted to RVMC after receiving on-scene treatment for his unspecified injuries. At the time of the incident, it was reported that Brimlow was at times conscious though disoriented. He was listed in critical condition up until this most recent announcement.
    "Serious condition still means serious, but obviously his condition has improved," Walker said.
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