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SCSO Search and Rescue Activities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 26, 2013
CONTACT: Lieutenant Kathi Lang
Breaking News Pager: 425 339 5700
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue responded to two separate Search and Rescue calls this morning.
The first call was reported last night (Sunday, August 25) at about 1130 PM. A woman called 911 to report her husband (a 52 year old male), their son and his friend (both about 26 years old) 28 hours over due from their hike near the 14700 block of the Index Galena Road. Search and Rescue personnel (including volunteers) deployed for the search at about 0530 hours this morning. Snohawk1 is also involved in the search.
The hiker’s vehicle was located at Trout Creek Trail at 7:42 this morning. The experienced hikers , were on an off-trail hike. They do have cell phones and radios with them and Search and Rescue personnel are trying to pinpoint their location with the help of the cell phone service provider. This search is ongoing.
The second call came in this morning at about 6:30 am. A female in her 50’s was hiking on the Pacific Coast Trail alone and set off her personal locator beacon at about 5:30 this morning. The beacon is monitored by a private company, who contacted Washington State EOC, who in turned contact the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue. The personal locator beacon operates off of a satellite and provided her location near Mica Lake.
Snohawk10 was used in this operation, and was able to locate the woman at the 6000 foot level of Glacier Peak at about 9:00 am. SAR personnel were hoisted down to assist her. SAR personnel hoisted her up to the helicopter, along with her gear. The woman had fallen the previous night and injured her knee. She knew she wouldn’t be able to hike out and initiated the call for help with the beacon. Snohawk10 transported her to Taylors’ Landing (SAR headquarters) where Fire District 7 personnel were standing by for transport.