Coast Guard rescues injured hiker on Mount St. Helens

A Coast Guard aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria flies over Mount St. Helens, Washington, July 14, 2018, where they medically evacuated an injured hiker. The hiker was airlifted to Oregon Health Science University Hospital in Portland where she was treated for lacerations and a possible broken hip. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nick Davis

A Coast Guard aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria flies over Mount St. Helens, Washington, July 14, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nick Davis

SEATTLE — A Coast Guard aircrew rescued a 32-year-old woman on Mount Saint Helens who had been injured while hiking Saturday afternoon.

The woman was airlifted to Oregon Health Science University Hospital in Portland, where she is being treated for lacerations and a possible broken hip.

The Skamania County Sheriff’s department deputies contacted Coast Guard Sector Columbia River Command Center personnel at approximately 1 p.m. requesting helicopter rescue assistance.

Sector Columbia River dispatched the aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, who arrived on the scene shortly after.

With assistance from the Skamania County Volcano Rescue Team, the crew located the hiker on the south-facing slope of the mountain at approximately 6,000 feet. The rescue personnel were able to stabilize the woman and the aircrew hoisted her safely off the mountain.

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