PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 3-year-old boy survived a 50-foot fall at a popular Oregon hiking trail that killed his 37-year-old mother.
Multnomah County Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Alexander says deputies responded late Sunday afternoon after learning that two hikers had fallen off a cliff at Horsetail Falls along the Columbia River Gorge.
The woman and the boy fell about 50 feet and then tumbled another 20-to-30 feet down a slope.
The woman was brought up to the trailhead, but she died at the scene. The medical examiner’s office identified her as Stephanie Cohen of Portland.
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An ambulance took her son to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Cohen’s mother, Lisa Schroeder, told The Oregonian/OregonLive.com that the boy named Oliver is expected to survive.
Schroeder said Oliver slipped during a family hiking trip. Cohen tried to pull him to safety, and they both went down the embankment.
“Her motherly instincts prevailed,” said Schroeder, who owns Mother’s Bistro & Bar in downtown Portland. “She gave her life to save his.”
Cohen is survived by her longtime boyfriend and four children between the ages of 3 and 13.
“She was a shining star,” Schroeder said. “Even though she leaves four children motherless, we all plan to step up as a village and help raise those kids.”