Coast Guard hoists 2 stranded hikers, 5 rescue workers on Mount Adams, Wash.

Pacific Northwest Coast Guard News
WARRENTON, Ore. — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two stranded hikers and five members of a group attempting to recover the hikers on Mount Adams in Skamania County, Wash., Tuesday.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., hoisted and transported all seven people to Portland International Airport at approximately 8 p.m.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton launched the Jayhawk crew in response to an agency assist request at approximately 4:15 p.m. The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center requested the Coast Guard assist Skamania County responders in rescuing the stranded hikers who were running out of food, stuck in the snow and unable find a trail out with rescue parties on the ground unable to get to them.

The Jayhawk crew located and hoisted an injured member of the Skamania County Sheriff Explorers recovery party while attempting to locate the stranded hikers. The Jayhawk crew continued to search for the stranded hikers, locating them at an approximate elevation of 5000 feet. The Jayhawk crew successfully hoisted both stranded hikers, then returned to and hoisted the remaining four recovery party members.

The injured recovery worker reportedly suffered a sprained ankle. No other injuries were reported.

“Adverse weather nearly prevented us from effecting this rescue,” said Lt. Leo Lake, aircraft commander for the case. “We safely recovered both survivors and the five exhausted rescue team members as a result of excellent interagency communication, sound operational risk analysis and crew resource management.”

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