Oregon rangers rescue man from fall at Crater Lake

July 12, 2011 12:30:14 PM PDT
Rangers and others at Crater Lake National Park spent about six hours rescuing a New York man who slid 300 feet into the remains of a volcano that forms the nation's deepest and clearest lake. Authorities describe the man as 27, from New York, and say his injuries were serious. He wasn't identified.

Witnesses said he was with friends Monday, went beyond a barrier onto a snow bank at an overlook, fell headfirst and slid partway down the 700-foot wall toward the lake.

The lake was formed more than 7,000 years ago when a volcano named Mount Mazama exploded, leaving a crater that filled with water, to a depth of more than 1,900 feet. The park is one of Oregon's most popular tourist sites.

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