PORT ANGELES, Wash. — A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin aircrew from Air Station Port Angeles medevac an injured hiker from Olympic National Park at around 8 p.m. on Saturday evening. The hiker had fallen and sustained a broken leg, ultimately requiring emergency responders to coordinate a multi-agency rescue.
Sector Puget Sound watchstanders received the initial request for assistance from Olympic National Park Service personnel who were already in coordination with the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. A 50-year-old female hiker reportedly broke her leg after falling while hiking in the vicinity of Lake Angeles.
An Air Station Port Angeles aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter accepted the mission and responded at 8:20 p.m. In a joint-agency operation, the injured hiker was hoisted into the Dolphin helicopter at 9:03 p.m. and transported to awaiting emergency medical personnel at Air Station Port Angeles.
The U.S. Coast Guard encourages mariners and those exploring remote areas inland to ensure a means of reliable communication in case of emergency. Whether on the water or the trail, thorough preparation saves lives.