Naval search and rescue team rescues two people from Cascade Mountains

  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018 12:38pm
  • News

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island rescued two people on Forbidden Peak in the Cascade Mountains, Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

The SAR team of five was notified of two climbers needing rescue on Forbidden Peak late that evening. When they arrived at the location just before midnight the team found the two climbers, who were flashing white lights, near a vertical rock face at the base of a snow shoot.

Because of the temperature and high altitude, the SAR pilots made several passes to check power to ensure they could lift and transport the climbers from the mountain safely. Both climbers were successfully hoisted onto the helicopter and transported to higher care at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Wash.

NAS Whidbey Island SAR, has conducted 15 total missions throughout Washington State this year, including eleven rescues, eight searches and one medical evacuation.

The Navy SAR unit operates three MH-60S helicopters from NAS Whidbey Island as search and rescue/medical evacuation (SAR/MEDEVAC) platforms for the EA-18G aircraft as well as other squadrons and personnel assigned to the installation. Pursuant to the National SAR Plan of the United States, the unit may also be used for civil SAR/MEDEVAC needs to the fullest extent practicable on a non-interference basis with primary military duties according to applicable national directives, plans, guidelines and agreements; specifically, the unit may launch in response to tasking by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (based on a Washington State Memorandum of Understanding) for inland missions, and/or tasking by the United States Coast Guard for all other aeronautical and maritime regions, when other assets are unavailable.

More in News

County aims to allow more farm worker housing

Island County is looking to make it easier for farm owners and… Continue reading

Popular Haunted Fort Casey moves to pre-sale tickets

Some Whidbey Island residents are probably already dreaming of cooler fall days… Continue reading

Whidbey Community Foundation grant cycle begins

Whidbey Community Foundation’s second annual grant cycle is now open, offering funding… Continue reading

Whidbey Community Foundation Receives $10,000 for census count

Whidbey Community Foundation has received $10,000 in funding from the Washington Census… Continue reading

County gives Clinton trail another chance

South Whidbey may get another shot at a trail between the Clinton… Continue reading

Field carrier landing practices scheduled through Aug. 25

There are carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at the Outlying… Continue reading

Field carrier landing practices scheduled Aug. 26 – Sept. 1

There are carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at Naval Air… Continue reading

Three people seriously injured in head-on highway collision Saturday

Two people were airlifted and another seriously injured in a head-on collision… Continue reading

Oak Harbor chamber director seeks appointment to Senate seat

After five years leading the Oak Harbor business community, Christine Cribb is… Continue reading

Most Read