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SEARCH AND RESCUE BLANCA LAKE AREA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  July 26, 2013

CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Director of Communications
425-388-3377, Shari.Ireton@co.snohomish.wa.us
Breaking News Pager: 425-339-5700

INDEX, Wash. – At about 4:40 PM SNOPAC Dispatch received a report of a wounded hiker near Lake Blanca which is south of Index.  Personnel from Index, Gold Bar and Skykomish Fire Departments responded to the area with Search and Rescue staff.

The 50 year-old male victim had an open leg fracture and was located on the southwest corner of the lake.  Off duty nurses that happened to be in the area bandaged the man’s wound and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s SNOHAWK helicopter was dispatched to the scene. 

The victim was flown to Everett Providence Medical Center by 7:00 PM and treated for his injuries.  The male is not believed to have life threatening injuries and his current condition or city of residence is not known.