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Search And Rescue Calls Continue Part 2

Monday, 21 May,2018

2:30 PM


On Friday, May 18, 2018, at approximately 6:27 pm The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a hiker had become lost on Mt. St. Helens. The call had been transferred to our office from the Washington State Emergency Management Center. The information received by our office was the unknown hiker had lost the trail on his descent. A search & rescue Deputy was able to text the hiker as was members of the Volcano Rescue Team (VRT). They were able to successfully talk the hiker back to the trail and back to the parking lot.


 On Friday, May 18, 2018, at approximately 6:58 PM, the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a group of 4 hikers that had come out at the Climbers Bivouac (closed/gated summer climbing route) and needed assistance. The Deputy assigned to the previous call had to divert and navigate the snow covered, gated and closed USFS 830 road. He was able to locate and transport the group back to their vehicle at the Marble Mountain Snow park (winter route). In speaking with the Deputy, he transported 12 hikers from the closed area that evening, back to the open, winter climbing route parking area (Marble Mountain).


 On Sunday, May 20, 2018, at approximately 03:42 AM, the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office called to report a missing hiker in the Mt. Adams area. Paul Richards, from Vancouver, WA, called to report his 16-year-old son overdue. They had hiked from the false summit on Mt. Adams and become separated on the southwest face. Richards continued to their vehicle and attempted phone contact with his son. He was able to get a PIN location just after 8:30 PM putting him in Yakima, County near Crofton Creek. Richards provided directions to his son and his last contact was at approximately 1:30AM. A search & rescue Deputy responded and began running the USFS 8040 road utilizing a siren in an attempt to direct the hiker to the roadway. While searching the area, our office received information the hiker was able to make it back to the Morrison Creek Trailhead, he was tired but uninjured.


 On Sunday, May 20, 2018 at approximately 10:40 AM, the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a stranded motorist, somewhere on the USFS 93 Road in the Randal Ranger District. The reporting party advised he was driving to Morton, Washington and using his google maps to assist. The motorist, Alan Rempel, 38, or Gresham, Oregon stated the maps took him to a closed road and he believed he was close to the USFS 90/93 junction. He advised he’d gotten his silver Nissan Cube stuck in a rut. A search & rescue Deputy was dispatched and located Rempel at approximately 11:28 AM. He was then transported to Cougar, Washington to make his own arrangements to retrieve his vehicle.