Coast Guard rescues stranded hikers in Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park, through the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, requested the Coast Guard medically evacuate the hiker just before 11 a.m.
A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was launched from Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., at approximately 12:09 p.m.
Another Coast Guard helicopter, an MH-60 Jayhawk from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., was conducting aids to navigation in the vicinity of Port Ludlow, Wash. The crew was diverted to assist in the rescue, if needed, and act as a communications platform.
The Dolphin helicopter crew arrived on scene and lowered a rescue swimmer and a litter to transport the patient. It was then discovered by the crew that a second hiker, who had sustained minor injuries, was also in the ravine.
Both hikers were hoisted by the Dolphin crew and transported to Air Station Port Angeles. They were then taken by ambulance to the Olympic Memorial Hospital in Port Angeles.
Their conditions are unknown.
Olympic National Park personnel assisted in the rescue.