Hikers Rescued in Two Separate Search & Rescue Operations in Snohomish County
August 7, 2014
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  • (GRANITE FALLS, WA) — Teams from the Snohomish County Search and Rescue unit rescued injured hikers in two separate incidents in the 24 hour period from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon.

    The first involved a rescue of a woman in her 20’s with an injured foot near Lake 22, located in a basin at the base of Mount Pilchuck’s sheer north face. It’s a 5.5 mile out and back trail to the lake located near Granite Falls,

    “The call came in around 7 p.m. on August 5 that she was unable to hike out on her own due the nature of her injuries,” said Shari Ireton of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s office. “A team of 30 volunteers from Search and Rescue located the victim, placed her in a litter and carried her out around 11 p.m. Her injuries were not believed to be serious.”

    The second incident occurred near Lake Janus along the Pacific Crest Trail. It’s reached via a 7 mile out and back trail located near Leavenworth. A male hiker reported that he had broken his ankle.

    The Helicopter Rescue Team was notified and SnoHAWK10, the Sheriff’s Office helicopter, was launched around 10:30 a.m. on Wed. August 6.  The victim was hoisted from the area around noon and flown to Gold Bar where he was met by medics from Fire District 26, said Ireton.