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Press Release
October 6, 2003
Mission Complete in evacuation of injured hiker in Yosemite National Park
Salem, Ore. - CH-47 crew from Oregon Army National Guard successfully completes evacuation of injured climber on Split Mountain in the Sierra Nevada Range at Yosemite National Park. Details of the rescue follow.
According to Sgt. Randy Nixon of the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office near Bishop, Calif., a 48 year old male and a friend were on Split Mountain on Saturday on a mountain climbing expedition. The 48 year old fell at the 13,500 foot level breaking one leg and fracturing the ankle on his other leg. He became wedged in a chute on the mountain. His friend was able to hike out and notified the Sheriffs’ office at approximately 1 p.m. on Sunday.
With the use of a small helicopter, the Inyo County Sheriffs Office were able to take a search and rescue team into the area where they were off loaded and then hiked to the location of the injured hiker. They were able to stabilize the hiker and move him to a safe location, however, due to the altitude, they were unable to effect a hoist mission to remove him from the mountain.
They contacted the Office of Emergency Services in Calif. to request assistance, only to be told there were no aircraft available who could operate at that elevation to perform the hoist mission. Consequently, the Oregon Army National Guard received the request for assistance and began to assemble a crew at approximately 1 a.m. this morning.
Chief Warrant Officer David Long piloted the Chinook, with Chief Warrant Officer Douglas Walker as copilot, rounding out the crew were Staff Sgt. Todd Albertson, Sgt. Andrew Rhoden, and Sgt. 1st Class Scott McCoy as flight engineers. Crew chief on this mission was Spec. Adrian Stump. Due to the number of flight hours, the crew will rest over night at Bishop, Calif. And return to Pendleton in the morning.
“These folks did a wonderful job,” stated Sgt. Randy Nixon of the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, “It was wonderful to work with such a fine crew.”
For more information contact:
Kay Fristad:
503-584-3917 or 503-931-5179