WHATCOM — A Search and Rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island rescued a 28-year-old female hiker with a compound arm fracture Wednesday, June 3, from the Twin Sisters southwest of Mount Baker.
The crew received the notification request at about 5 p.m. The hiker was near the North Twin at approximately 5,000 feet. By 6 p.m., a U.S. Department of Homeland Security helicopter was also in the search. After 10 minutes of coordination, the injured hiker was located.
“Despite some cloud cover that occasionally obscured the hiker’s location, the SAR crew was able to rappel two crew members in to prepare the patient,” NAS Whidbey reported. “Just before 7 p.m. the crew hoisted the injured hiker aboard and transported her to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.”
NAS Whidbey SAR has conducted 21 total missions throughout Washington State so far this year, including three searches, ten rescues and eight medical evacuations. The unit includes three MH-60S helicopters.