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Coast Guard medevac hiker near Saddle Mountain, Oregon

Coast Guard medevac hiker near Saddle Mountain, Oregon
Archive image: A U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Station Astoria (Sector Columbia River, Ore., lifts a pilot from the 123rd Fighter Squadron, 142nd Fighter Wing from the Columbia River, July 7, 2016, during a joint water survival exercise.
U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs.

ASTORIA, Ore.​ — A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew medevac (medical evacuation) a hiker Friday after a reported medical emergency near the top of Saddle Mountain.

The hiker was reported to have what appeared to be a broken ankle.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received an agency assistance request from the Seaside Police dispatch. A Hamlet Fire and Rescue team was on scene with the hiker, but deemed it unsafe to reach and recover the woman on foot and requested Coast Guard rescue helicopter assistance.

Coast Guard medevac hiker near Saddle Mountain, Oregon
Archive image: U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Yelvington, a rescue swimmer stationed at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, hangs from an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter during a medevac of an injured hiker from Saddle Mountain, Oregon, Mar. 11, 2018.
United States Department of Defense (DoD) photo.

A Sector Columbia River (Air Station Astoria) MH-60 Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew arrived on scene at 5:44 p.m. A rescue swimmer deployed to conduct a hoist and medevaced the woman at 6:49 p.m.

At 6:56 p.m., the patient was transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel (EMS) at Sector Columbia River and treated for shock and a broken ankle while en route to the hospital.

The Coast Guard urges mariners, hikers and anyone venturing to remote areas to have reliable means of communication to reach first responders.​

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