NAS Whidbey Island, WA – A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island rescued an injured hiker at Deception Pass State Park in Anacortes, Washington, on Saturday, October 21, 2017.
According to a press release from Mike Welding, Public Affairs Officer, the SAR crew took off from NAS Whidbey Island around 5 p.m.
Due to the injured hiker’s location and surrounding terrain, North Whidbey Fire and Rescue was unable to reach the man.
Upon arrival, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class John Siedler, a search and rescue medical technician (SMT), hoisted down to the scene and prepared the injured man for immediate extraction. The patient was transported to Island Hospital in Anacortes, Washington.
This was the 35th rescue of 2017 for NAS Whidbey Island SAR, which has also conducted 7 searches and 15 Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) missions this year, totaling 64 lives delivered to a higher level of care.