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SAR Rescues Injured Hiker from Mt. Pilchuck
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 2, 2017
CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office
[email protected], 425-388-3377, Media line: 425-249-6263
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – The Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit and volunteers from Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue rescued an injured female hiker from Mt. Pilchuck earlier today. The woman reported to 911 around 2:30 p.m. that she had slipped on ice above the snow line and injured her knee. Due to the weather, the Helicopter Rescue Team deployed rescuers at the lookout on top of the mountain who hiked down to the patient. She was extracted by SnoHAWK10and transported to Taylor's Landing around 6:30 p.m. The patient was not carrying the 10 essentials and was not equipped to traverse snow or stay overnight. This is the seventh SAR mission to Mt. Pilchuck in less than one month.
More than a dozen volunteers from Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue assisted in the mission.
Summary of Recent Mt. Pilchuck Missions
June 22, 2017 - A male, age unknown, called 911 around 5:30 p.m. to report he had become lost above the snow line. SAR personnel and volunteers were deployed, but the male found his way back to the trailhead on his own around 9 p.m.
June 20, 2017 - SAR personnel and volunteers rescued an 18 year-old woman after 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. Neither the victim nor her companion had the 10 essentials nor were equipped to traverse a snow field.
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.
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 8, 2017 – SAR personnel and volunteers rescued an 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.