VANCOUVER WOMAN RESCUED IN WIND RIVER CANYON
March 11, 2018
At approximately 9:50 am this morning, the Skamania County Sheriff’s 911 center received a call of an injured female hiker in the Wind River Canyon above the Carson Hot Springs resort.
Angel D. Vaillencort, 29 years of age was hiking in the Wind River drainage searching for the natural hot springs. While climbing the bank, Vaillencort slipped and fell approximately 30 feet landing on her back. Vaillencort’s hiking companion, 25-year-old Anthony Casario from Battle Ground, WA called 911 and reported the incident stating that Vaillencort was unconscious and bleeding from the head.
Skamania County EMS responded along with deputies. Upon accessing Vaillencort’s location she was found to be conscious but seriously injured.
Due to the difficult terrain and the risk to rescue personnel, the U.S. Coast Guard from Astoria was called and were able to respond and conduct a hoist operation of over 200 feet. Vaillencort was transported by Coast Guard helicopter to Emanuel Hospital in Portland.
Vaillencort told Coast Guard crew members she had consumed methamphetamine prior to the fall. Casario was taken into custody after the incident and booked into the Skamania County jail on charges of criminal trespass and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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