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Responds to 5th Rescue on Mt. Pilchuck in Two Weeks
RELEASE: June 20, 2017
CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Director of
County Sheriff’s Office, firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-388-3377, Media
Wash. – The
Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit and volunteers from Snohomish
County Volunteer Search and Rescue responded to another rescue yesterday at Mt.
Pilchuck. An 18 year-old woman from Sedro Woolley was on a day hike when
she fell through the snow and lacerated her lower leg. Search and Rescue
were deployed just before 5 p.m., located the victim about 2 miles up the trail
(above the snowline), and assisted her down from the mountain to the trailhead
around 9 p.m. She made her way to seek medical treatment via personal
Neither her or the adult
male she was with were carrying the 10 essentials, nor were they equipped to
traverse snow or stay overnight. This is the fifth SAR rescue on
Mt. Pilchuck since June 8.
Summary of Recent Mt.
June 8, 2017 – SAR personnel and volunteers
adult female from the west side of Mt. Pilchuck. The woman slipped on snow at
approximately 4,800 feet and sustained a leg injury. The hiker, who was
well-equipped, sustained injuries after attempting an ice axe
self-arrest. She was transported by helicopter to the Sheriff’s Office
Search and Rescue facility around 3 p.m. and then transported by private vehicle
for medical treatment.
June 11, 2017 – SAR received a report around 5
p.m. that a 19 year-old male broke through the snow, fell and dislocated his
shoulder. The male was unable to move and he was transported by
helicopter to the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue facility around 9 p.m. and
then transported by private vehicle for medical treatment.
June 11, 2017 – While responding to the
injured 19 year-old male, SAR received a call that there was a 27 year-old male
who had become lost. Rescue crews searched the area by air and ground,
but were unable to locate the missing man. Several hours later, the man
made it back to the trailhead on his own. He was cold and wet, but uninjured.
June 12, 2017 – A 20 year-old woman became
separated from her hiking partner and called 911 around 6 p.m. She was
about 400 yards off-trail on a dangerous snow slope. Due to conditions
and nightfall, SAR personnel and volunteers deployed ground rescue teams.
She was safely escorted back to the trailhead just before midnight. She
was treated for mild hypothermia. She was extremely fortunate to have cellphone
coverage in that area.