Man who died after falling off trail in Columbia Gorge identified

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities have identified the hiker who died after falling off a trail in the Columbia River Gorge as 36-year-old Viren Viuhkola of Tualatin.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says Viuhkola was hiking with his friend Ryan Hunter on Friday morning when he fell 40 feet off the side of the trail near a small waterfall.

Hunter called 911 and emergency workers from the sheriff's department and the Corbett Fire Department responded.

The rescue crews attempted life-saving efforts but Viuhkola succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Department is conducting an investigation into the death.