FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 28, 2013
CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Director of Communications
425-388-3377, Breaking News Pager: 425-339-5700
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Helicopter and Search and Rescue (SCSAR) Teams rescued an injured backcountry hiker yesterday from the Boulder River trail, near Oso. The rescue team had been notified earlier that morning that a female hiker (whose age and hometown are unknown) was injured on Sunday and was waiting with companions about three miles up the trail in heavy timber and steep terrain. SCSAR and the Oso and Darrington Fire Department crews responded on the ground to the location and waited with the injured woman.
At around 8 AM, the rescue helicopter SnoHawk 10 airlifted the victim and an attendant, using a “short-haul” system, from the trail to a field near Hwy 530. The victim was then loaded into the helicopter and transported to Providence Hospital in Everett.
A link to the video of the operation from the rescuer’s helmet-cam is available. (Link launches YouTube)