PORT ANGELES – Officials say a hiker was hoisted by a Coast Guard helicopter crew from Port Angeles after she injured her head and back in a fall from a cliff in the San Juan Islands.
The U.S. Coast Guard says the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance on Obstruction Island at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Helicopter pilot Lt. Jacob Marks says paramedics administered CPR for about 20 minutes before finding the woman’s pulse.
Marks says the woman and a rescue swimmer were hoisted simultaneously so the woman’s breathing could be maintained.
A paramedic was also hoisted so care could continue from aboard the helicopter.
The hiker was transferred at Bellingham International Airport to emergency medical service personnel, who took her a hospital.
The hiker’s current condition wasn’t known.