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Snohomish County Search and Rescue team transports injured hiker from Mt. Vesper

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Injured hiker being winched onto airborne SnoHawk 10 from Mt. Vesper. Photo courtesy of Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
Injured hiker being winched onto airborne SnoHawk 10 from Mt. Vesper. Photo courtesy of Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

By Courtney O’Keefe, Communications Specialist, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

On Sunday, October 8, 2017, the Snohomish County Search and Rescue Unit and volunteers from Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue stabilized and transported an adult male from Mt. Vesper.

The man slipped down a gully approximately 20-30 feet and sustained a head and back injury.

His partner hiked out to the Sunrise Mine Trailhead and drove several miles to the Verlot Visitor Center to call 911 at around 2:00 pm on Sunday afternoon.

SnoHawk 10 responded and delivered a rescue technician and flight medic to the ground where the man was located and hoisted him out.

The injured hiker was transported to Taylor’s Landing and taken by aid car to the hospital where he was treated for multiple back fractures.

One deputy pilot, one volunteer pilot, one volunteer rescue technician, one volunteer flight medic, and one volunteer crew chief; as well as, one Search and Rescue sergeant and one United States Forest Service law enforcement officer responded.

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