NAS Whidbey SAR conducts 5 weekend rescues

  • Friday, August 17, 2018 2:27pm
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                                A Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Search and Rescue helicopter transfers an injured hiker to an ambulance at Pangborn Memorial Airport in East Wenatchee, Aug. 11. The hiker had been injured on Mount Stuart in the Cascade Mountains. This was the fourth of five rescue missions SAR crews conducted between Friday, Aug. 10 and Monday, Aug. 13.

United States Navy photo provided A Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Search and Rescue helicopter transfers an injured hiker to an ambulance at Pangborn Memorial Airport in East Wenatchee, Aug. 11. The hiker had been injured on Mount Stuart in the Cascade Mountains. This was the fourth of five rescue missions SAR crews conducted between Friday, Aug. 10 and Monday, Aug. 13.

A Search and Rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island conducted five rescue operations between Friday, Aug. 10, through Monday, Aug. 13.

On Friday, a SAR team picked up a female patient suffering from a severe reaction to a bee sting on a sand bar on the Queets River about 9 miles southwest of Mount Olympus.

The woman was administered a dose of Epinephrine, but needed further medical attention. The SAR team transported her to Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles.

Later that afternoon, a SAR team picked up a hiker who fell and suffered a broken leg and head injuries near Olympic National Park.

The injured hiker was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle just before 4 p.m.

The next morning, Saturday, Aug. 11, a SAR team rescued two climbers stuck on a cliff near Goat Wall in Okanogan County, northwest of Winthrop.

The climbers were hoisted aboard the helicopter and, since they were uninjured, they were dropped off at Lost River Airport, just north of Mazama.

That afternoon, a call came in for the rescue of a hiker with a broken leg on Mount Stuart in the Cascade Mountains. The injured hiker was hoisted onto the aircraft and delivered a little after 2 p.m. to an ambulance waiting at Pangborn Memorial Airport in East Wenatchee.

Following the weekend rescues, SAR received a call early on Monday, Aug. 13, requesting assistance for a hiker who experienced significant impact trauma from falling boulders at 6,500 feet near base camp at Mount Baker.

The hiker had spinal injuries and was hypothermic.

The injured hiker was transported to Harborview Medical Center.

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