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Coast Guard medevac injured hiker near Olympic National Park

Coast Guard medevac injured hiker near Olympic National Park
The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew, from Air Station Port Angeles, who performed the medical evacuation.
U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles photo.

SEATTLE – A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew medevac (medical evacuation) an injured hiker yesterday Saturday near Olympic National Park.​

The 26-year-old man reportedly fractured his ankle while hiking on the Duckabush Trial, west of Hood Canal.

He reportedly crawled for eight hours before his phone acquired adequate signal to call 911.

A Jefferson County search and rescue team located the man at 4 a.m., rendered first aid and readied him for medevac.

Coast Guard medevac injured hiker near Olympic National Park
Members of the rescue team moving the injured man to a cleared area for hoisted by the Coast Guard helicopter aircrew.
U.S. Coast Guard photo.

A Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched at first light and arrived at the scene at 7 a.m.

The aircrew hoisted the man from his location and took him to Harborveiw Medical Center.

The man was reported to be in stable condition.

Coast Guard medevac mission in Olympic National Park, aircrew declarations

“We like to train for high-altitude rescues because of the mountainous region we operate in,” said Lt. Cmdr. Sam Hill, MH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilot, Air Station Port Angeles. “Because of that training, we were able to overcome numerous environmental challenges to rescue the hiker from a dangerous situation. We thank Jefferson County Search and Rescue for their help locating the hiker and assisting with the hoist.”

Coast Guard medevac injured hiker near Olympic National Park
The helicopter reception area for hoisting and transfer the injured man.
U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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