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Busy Day For Search And Rescue Crews

August 20, 2012

 

Search and Rescue teams were hopping over the weekend, with multiple incidents happening at the same time.
 
It all started Sunday morning with reports of a downed paraglider on Tumwater Ridge above Leavenworth. A 29 year old Leavenworth woman crashed shortly after launching, injuring her back and hip in the accident. Rescuers hiked over a half mile from the staging area at Ranger Road just to reach the woman, who was then airlifted out of the crash site to Central Washington Hospital.
 
At the same time, coordinators got word another hiker injured herself at the bottom of Asgaard Pass in the Alpine Wilderness southwest of Leavenworth. A 53 year old woman fell and struck her head while traversing a boulder field at the bottom of the Colchuck Glacier. Crews hiked in and stabilized the hiker, suffering from a deep head laceration and airlifted her to Central Washington Hospital as well.
 
Finally, initial reports last night indicated a 63 year old man crashed while riding his off-road motorcycle in the Mad Lake area and had suffered major injuries. As medics and deputies scrambled to the area, crews found out the injury was far less serious than reported, and the man chose to ride out of the area on another motorcycle, was checked out by medical personnel on the scene and refused transport to a hospital. That incident is under investigation.