Mason County Sheriff's Deputies were busy Sunday afternoon as they received two separate calls for assistance in the Olympic National Forest. The first call came at 3:02 PM when officers received a call for help on the Mount Ellinor Trail. A 37 year old male, from Olympia, had fallen about 150 feet from the trail and sustained a head injury.
Just three minutes later at 3:05 PM, Sheriff's Deputies received the second call that people in the Skokomish River Canyon near the Steel Bridge were hanging onto branches on the side of the canyon unable to get out of the canyon.
Deputies and fire rescue workers from Mason County Fire Districts #4, #5, #6, and 18 responded to both scenes. At the Mount Ellinor incident rescuers summoned a helicopter from Navel Air Station Whidbey Island to assist. Upon arrival at the scene, the helicopter crew lifted 37 year old Shyloh Wideman into the helicopter and flew her to Harbor View Medical Center. Wideman was treated and subsequently released from Harbor View. That rescue operation took about 3½ hours to complete and involved 5 rescuers plus the Navy helicopter crew.