COOS BAY, Ore. — A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew medevac a 50-year-old male hiker Saturday after he went missing in the Willamette National Forest near Oakridge.
The missing hiker was reported to be suffering from dehydration and extreme hypothermia before being rescued.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend received a request for aerial assistance from the Oregon State Search and Rescue Coordinator on Thursday, after ground crews located the man’s parked car and backpack near a trail head.
The man was then transfered by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center for further care.
«Effective coordination with our partner agencies ensured that this person’s life was saved,» said Lt. Cori Sanchez, MH-65 Dolphin pilot. “It’s lucky he was found in time and we could assist in getting him to higher medical attention rapidly.”
The Coast Guard encourages hikers to take caution when venturing into the outdoors. Always be aware of surroundings and be mindful of dangerous terrain. Hikers should have the proper equipment and a reliable means of communication in case of an emergency.