Warm Weather Brings SAR Response

May 15, 2018

 

  

The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received several calls requesting assistance due to high recreational visitors to Mt. St. Helens and Columbia Gorge Scenic area. An estimated 600 permits were issued for Mother’s Day weekend.

 On 5/11/18 at approximately 10:09 pm, the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an overdue hiker on Mt. St. Helens. Amanda Morris, of Independence, Oregon reported her husband, Taylor Morris overdue from a hike of Mt. St. Helens. Taylor had left that morning at 0100am according to family and would be hiking with a friend. They were unable to tell the Sheriff’s Office where on the mountain he’d be hiking. A short time later the Sheriff’s Office received a second call from Taylor’s father, reporting the same information. A search & rescue Deputy was contacted and spoke with the family. They were advised there were numerous other hikers in the area and if they didn’t hear from Taylor to re-contact our office. At 11:50 pm, Amanda called our office to report she’d spoken to Taylor and he was fine.

 On 5/11/18 at approximately 11:18pm, the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received another report of an overdue hiker on Mt. St. Helens. Rosie Marquez of Seattle, reported her roommate overdue from a hike on the mountain. She stated, Katie Barrett, left the Olympia, Washington area on 5/10/18 enroute to Mt. St. Helens. It was reported Katie was prepared to stay overnight if needed. Marquez advised Katie was hiking with 2 other people but she only knew their first names. She was unsure if they had taken Katie’s vehicle or traveled in someone else’s car. A search & rescue Deputy contacted Marquez and advised her of the amount of hiker traffic both camping or summitting the mountain was in estimated in the hundreds due to the good weather. She was told if contact was not made by daylight to re-contact our office. At 0800 hours on 5/12/18, Marquez called the Sheriff’s Office to report Katie had made it home safely.

 On 5/12/18 at approximately 10:38 am, the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an injured snowmobiler. A search & rescue Deputy was dispatched along with North Country EMS and the Volcano Rescue Team.  It was reported the snowmobiler, Randal Bolin, of Sandy, Oregon had crashed and injured his leg and may have other serious injuries. Two members of his group met medical personnel and directed them to the location near Mt. St. Helens. Bolin was located and airlifted by private helicopter to a landing zone near Yacolt, Washington for ground transport. At the time of this press release Bolin’s condition is unknown.

On 5/12/18 at 8:30pm the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an overdue hiker on Mt. St. Helens. The reporting party, Kenneth Johnston of Springfield, Oregon reported his wife overdue from a hike of the mountain.  They had been visiting from Springfield and were staying in Woodland, WA. She left at 0400 am and thought she’d be back by 7pm. He was advised the mountain had a large number of hikers and campers and if he hadn’t heard back from his wife by morning to contact our office. No return phone call was made to our office. Johnston was contacted and we learned she had returned home at 0200 am on 5/13/18. She had been assisting a slower hiker descend the mountain.

 On 5/13/18 at approximately 2:12pm a search & rescue Deputy and EMS responded to an injured mountain biker near Lower Falls Campground on the USFS 90 Road. The Deputy arrived on scene first and found the injured biker had left the area via private vehicle for treatment. No attempts were made to disregard law enforcement or EMS response.

 On 5/13/18 at approximately 3:50 pm the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a hiker on Dog Mountain trail, which is located along State Route 14. The hiker, Joyce Shin, called to advise she and her hiking partner were lost. She reported they walked off the trail, were currently on a logging road and are now lost. The dispatcher asked if they had tried walking back the exact route they had taken in and were told that hadn’t been considered and they would try. They were requested to call back and advise our office if they were able to locate the trail or make it back to the parking lot. Shin did call and advise they were unable to locate the Dog Mountain Trail. A search & rescue Deputy made phone contact and sent them map information. They were able to navigate themselves back to the parking lot.

 On 5/15/18 at 04:58am the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Sonporn Green, advising our office that her friend left the day prior to hike Mt. St. Helens. She reported her friend was supposed to have met up with a group on the mountain and nobody has returned. Sonporn told dispatcher’s she spent the night in the missing hiker’s car. She was advised to stand by there until a search & rescue Deputy made contact. A search & rescue Deputy was dispatched along with members of the Volcano Rescue Team. Information received at the scene was the party may have been seen near the summit at 09:30 am. The VRT began their search and aircraft was requested as descending hikers had not seen the group. At approximately 3:00pm the VRT did locate the group, in good condition, and walked them off the mountain.

 On 5/15/18 at approximately 06:47 am, Nikky Benn of Bellevue, Washington called the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office to report her 2 friends’ overdue from a hike of Mt. St. Helens. She advised her friends stayed at the Eagle Cliff Resort, just off the USFS 90 road near the Swift Reservoir. Benn advised her friends are not experienced hikers and only had enough supplies for the day. A search & rescue Deputy was dispatched and at 09:34 am the hikers had made it back to the parking lot on their own.