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Coast Guard MH-60T rescue 2 hikers and a dog in Deschutes Forest

Coast Guard MH-60T rescue 2 hikers and a dog in Deschutes Forest
A Coast Guard Air Station Astoria MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew rescue two hikers and their dog in Deschutes National Forest.
Archive image: A U.S. Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter from Coast Guard Station Astoria, Ore., hoist a pilot from the 123rd Fighter Squadron, 142nd Fighter Wing from the Columbia River during a joint water survival exercise.
U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt (retired). John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing.

ASTORIA, Oregon. — A Coast Guard Air Station Astoria MH-60T Jayhawk aircrew rescue two hikers and their dog after one of the hikers sustained a knee injury in Deschutes National Forest, Oregon. Sunday, June 16, 2024.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 13th District Command Center (Pacific Northwest) in Seattle received a report at 4:20 p.m. by the Oregon Department of Emergency Management of a 14-year-old female hiker who sustained a severe knee injury and was unable to hike back to the trailhead.

Watchstanders directed the launch of an MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria to assist.

The MH-60T Jayhawk aircrew arrived on scene at approximately 6:30 p.m. and due to the steep terrain and tree height exceeding the helicopter’s hoist cable length, the two rescue swimmers were lowered approximately a quarter of a mile from the hiker’s location.

A Coast Guard Air Station Astoria MH-60T Jayhawk MRR helicopter aircrew rescue 2 hikers and their dog after one of the hikers reportedly sustained a knee injury in Deschutes National Forest, Oregon, June 16, 2024.
The survivors were transported Redmond Municipal Airport to awaiting emergency medical services (EMS) in stable condition.

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U.S. Aircrew Station Astoria.
U.S. Sector Columbia River.
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The rescue swimmers located the hiker and her father and used a confined space stretcher to carry and drag the patient over fallen trees rocks and snow back to the hoisting area.

The MH-60 Jayhawk MRR Helicopter aircrew hoisted the injured hiker along with her father and dog into the aircraft and transported them to Redmond Municipal Airport to awaiting emergency medical services (EMS) in stable condition.

“This was an incredibly challenging but rewarding rescue,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jason Weeks. “The environment in this region posed significant challenges but, because of our constant training for dynamic conditions such as these, we were able to work together as an effective team and complete our mission successfully. This aircrew consisted of three dads, so it was very heartwarming to, on Father’s Day, to play a role in the safe return of a father and his daughter back to safety.”

Before venturing outdoors, the Coast Guard wants to remind people to follow these recommended safety guidelines:

  • Carry a form of communication in the event you need assistance
  • File a travel plan and leave it with somebody you trust. It should include when you are leaving, where you will be, how long you will be gone and when you plan to return
  • Carry the appropriate gear, including a first aid kit, food, water and extra clothing in the event you need to shelter in place. In an emergency, rescuers may take several hours to reach your location

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