High winds Sunday morning led to an unusual call for emergency personnel on South Whidbey.
Around 4:09 a.m. on Nov. 27, South Whidbey Fire/EMS and WhidbeyHealth EMS were dispatched to a Kramer Road address in the Bayview area to extricate a person from a travel trailer that had been crushed by a fallen fir tree.
Over the course of an hour and a half, first responders worked to retrieve the occupant, who was pinned to their bed.
“The tree was stabilized with rescue struts, and the back end of the trailer was removed to gain access to the victim,” Deputy Chief Terry Ney said. “The support structure under the bed was then removed, which allowed the bed to be lowered enough to slide the victim out onto a backboard, onto a stretcher, and into the medic unit.”
The trapped person was transported to WhidbeyHealth in Coupeville with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Ney.
The Island County Sheriff’s Office and a towing company also responded to the scene.
A gale warning had been in effect that morning for the area.