Coast Guard rescues woman from Saddle Mountain

Saddle Mountain

HAMLET — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a 75-year-old woman with a broken ankle off the summit side of Saddle Mountain Wednesday night.

The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, responsible for inland search and rescue, contacted the Coast Guard just before 7 p.m. Wednesday, requesting a helicopter evacuation of the woman. A ground crew from the Hamlet Rural Fire Protection District had hiked up the mountain to treat the woman. By 8 p.m., a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter had hoisted the woman and headed back to Air Station Astoria, where she was transferred to awaiting medical services.

“Our air crews are trained for various kinds of inland search and rescue and we always stand ready to assist the Air Force and our state emergency coordinators as needed,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Starr Franklin, an operations unit leader with Sector Columbia River’s command center. “Inland rescue is unique to our area of responsibility where we are often the closest search and rescue asset that can rescue someone from steep terrain.”

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