NAS Whidbey SAR Rescues Injured Hiker on Granite Mountain


NAS Whidbey Island, WA – A Search and Rescue (SAR) Team from Naval Air Station (NAS)  Whidbey Island rescued a hiker who had suffered injuries from a fall on Granite Mountain on Sunday, September 23rd, 2018.

According to a press memo from Michael Welding, Public Affairs Officer for NAS Whidbey Island, the hiker suffered head lacerations and possible spinal cord injuries after falling over 20 feet.

The Injured hiker was hoisted aboard the SAR helicopter and flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.

NAS Whidbey Island SAR has conducted 53 total missions throughout Washington State this year, including 39 rescues, eight searches and six medical evacuations, delivering 62 people to a higher level of care.

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.

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