NAS Whidbey SAR airlifts injured hiker in Cascades

  • Friday, October 4, 2019 7:01pm
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A Search and Rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island rescued a female hiker in the Cascade Range this past Tuesday.

The hiker, who is approximately 57 years old, was suffering from a lower leg injury.

The SAR crew was notified at about 5:30 p.m. of a personal locator beacon going off near Mount Buckner in the Cascades at an elevation of approximately 6,500 feet.

The SAR crew took off from NAS Whidbey by 6 p.m. and were on site half an hour later, according to a press release.

After nearly an hour search, the SAR crew received an updated location, which allowed them to find the hiker quickly.

Two SAR crewmembers rappelled down to prepare the patient for transport.

At about 7:45 p.m. the patient and crewmembers were hoisted onboard the SAR helicopter, which transported the injured hiker to Skagit Valley Hospital.

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island SAR has conducted 35 total missions throughout Washington state this year, including 10 searches, fifteen rescues and 10 medical evacuations.

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