Search And Rescue Calls Continue

Wednesday, 17 May,2018

0822 AM

 

On May 15, 2018 at approximately 5:47pm, the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an injured hiker at the 4700’ level of Mt. St. Helens. A search & rescue Deputy was already in the area due to the volume of incidents in the mountain. The Volcano Rescue Team was just finishing a mission and returned to the mountain and reached the 33- year old hiker. The injury apparently was not a severe as reported the VRT was able to walk her out to the trailhead.

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 On May 15, 2018 at approximately 7:40pm, the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a hiker on Mt. St. Helens reporting he had lost the trail and the sun was going down. He stated his group was not prepared to spend the night and that his cell phone battery is very low. A search & rescue Deputy along the Volcano Rescue Team were still on scene of the multiple other calls for missing, injured, and overdue hikers. The VRT diverted some resources, located the group, and walked them down. In checking their GPS location, they were 1150 feet from the trail to descend the mountain.

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 On May 15, 2018 at approximately 8:11 pm, the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Kelsey Stevens, 25, of Springfield, Oregon reporting she was on the Cape Horn Trail, near milepost 25 on SR-14. She reported losing the trail near the “Rocky Mountain” area. Stevens stated she has been hiking for hours and needed assistance. Deputies responded, located the hiker, and walked her out to her vehicle.

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 On May 16, 2018 at approximately 12:41pm, the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a report of lost hikers on Mt. St. Helens. They had started their decent and lost the trail. They did advise they were prepared to spend the night, if necessary, but did request assistance in locating the trail. A search & rescue Deputy was able to obtain a GPS reading of the group’s last location.  He was able to send a map photo and directions to the closest trail. They were requested to contact our office every 30 minutes to verify they were going the correct direction. They were able to navigate themselves back to the parking lot.