Fall off Ketchikan cliff injures Juneau man

Posted: Tuesday, August 05, 2008

KETCHIKAN - A 41-year-old man was critically injured when he fell from a Ketchikan street about 50 feet to the bottom of a cliff.

Mark W. Reese of Juneau was in Ketchikan working on a construction job, acting Police Chief Josh Dossett said.

He fell Saturday morning and suffered severe head and chest injuries, said Ketchikan Fire Department medic Glen Hofmann. Reese was taken to Ketchikan General Hospital, then airlifted by Guardian Flight to a Seattle hospital, Hofmann said.

Police received a 7:34 a.m. call from a passer-by who reported a person passed out at the bottom of the cliff. Officers immediately noticed Reese's injuries and called for medics.

Toxicology samples were taken and sent to a laboratory for analysis, but no results were available to reveal whether alcohol or other substances might be involved, Dossett said.

There was no evidence of foul play. Reese had no wounds from a weapon and had his belongings with him.

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