By Kailey Fisicaro

The Bulletin

A Bend man died during a hike Sunday east of Eugene.

At about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Joel Jesse Martin, 52, of Bend, fell from the trail near Tamolitch Falls, off of state Highway 126 near Trail Bridge.

Martin was taking pictures when he fell about 45 feet from the trail into shallow water, according to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.

Another hiker, who was not with Martin, saw him fall and hit his head. That hiker and a third hiker in the area, an emergency room nurse, tried to resuscitate Martin, but Martin died at the scene.

Linn County 911 dispatch received the call about the accident from Central Lane 911 dispatch at 5:24 p.m., approximately two hours after the accident happened.

Multiple agencies helped respond to the accident with Linn County Sheriff’s deputies, but because the incident happened in a remote location, it was difficult for responders to reach.

There isn’t any indication of foul play involved, according to a release from Linn County Sheriff’s Office, but the investigation is continuing.

Martin owned a home-construction business serving Central Oregon, The Oregonian newspaper reports. The company, Joel J. Martin Construction, formed in 1989, supervised the construction of multimillion-dollar homes, according to its website.

Tamolitch Falls is located on the McKenzie River Trail. It’s known for its clear blue pool of water and the uniqueness of the falls. Water only runs over the falls a few times a year.

The Visit McKenzie River website recommends “adrenaline junkies” try cliff jumping into the pool with caution. Some spots, it says, are shallow, but other areas of the pool are more than 30 feet deep.

— Reporter: 541-383-0325, kfisicaro@bendbulletin.com

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