NAS Whidbey Island, WA – On the afternoon of Sunday, October 21st, 2018, a Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Search and Rescue Team responded to reports of an injured hiker who had fallen and broken her ankle near Sauk Mountain.
According to a press memo from Thomas Mills, Public Affairs Specialist for NAS Whidbey Island, the injured hiker was hiking with a group of Boy Scouts when she fell and broke her ankle. The Boy Scouts assisted the SAR crew members in treating the woman’s injuries and preparing her for flight.
The woman was hoisted aboard the SAR helicopter and was taken to Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon for treatment.
NAS Whidbey Island SAR has conducted 60 total missions throughout Washington State this year, including 42 rescues, eight searches and 10 medical evacuations.
The Navy SAR unit operates three MH-60S helicopters from NAS Whidbey Island as search and rescue/medical evacuation (SAR/MEDEVAC) platforms for the EA-18G aircraft as well as other squadrons and personnel assigned to the installation. Pursuant to the National SAR Plan of the United States, the unit may also be used for civil SAR/MEDEVAC needs to the fullest extent practicable on a non-interference basis with primary military duties according to applicable national directives, plans, guidelines and agreements; specifically, the unit may launch in response to tasking by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (based on a Washington State Memorandum of Understanding) for inland missions, and/or tasking by the United States Coast Guard for all other aeronautical and maritime regions, when other assets are unavailable.