September 1, 2020 @ 3:47 pm Northwest News
MOUNT TOWNSEND, Wash. (AP) — A helicopter crew from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island rescued a hiker who was severely injured in a fall in the Buckhorn Wilderness area of the Olympic Mountains.
The Navy helicopter crew responded Sunday evening after receiving an alert from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office about a hiker who had fallen off a ridgeline at Mount Townsend, had broken both legs and had a potential traumatic brain injury.
Authorities say the rescue crew contacted the injured hiker’s wife, who guided the helicopter crew to their location through heavy cloud cover and possible worsening weather conditions.
Both were hoisted into the helicopter and taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.