Rescue in progress for injured hiker near Mt. Pugh

Sep 04, 2014

Snohomish County Search and Rescue teams Thursday evening were in the process of rescuing an injured hiker near Mt. Pugh, east of the Mountain Loop Highway.

According to Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Shari Ireton, rescuers believed the hiker sustained serious injuries after falling about 50 feet in a steep, remote area about ¼ mile from the summit of Mt. Pugh.  The victim was a 28-year-old male and was reported to be conscious.

Search and rescue teams were mobilized when the incident was reported around 1:15 p.m. Thursday, and a helicopter rescue team arrived at his location around 3:30 p.m.

Ireton said the SnoHAWK team attempted a “hoist” operation, but had to abort due to weather conditions. She said the victim most likely would be packed out via ground.

However, as of last evening, there was no news on whether they had successfully transported him out. Ireton said there was limited and/or no cell coverage in the remote back country, and key personnel were busy coordinating rescue efforts.

Volunteers from several mountaineering groups, including Everett Mountain Rescue, Pierce County Mountain Rescue, and Olympic Mountain Rescue, were en route or on scene to assist with the rescue, she said.

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