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October 6, 2003
Army Guard to assist in Medevac operation in Yosemite National Park
 
Pendleton, Ore. -Responding to a call from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center in Langley, Virginia, one CH-47 Chinook helicopter from the Oregon Army National Guard departed this morning at approximately 6 a.m. from the Army Aviation Flight Facility in Pendleton, Oregon. They will travel to Bishop, Calif. where they will assist in a high altitude rescue operation on Split Mountain in Yosemite National Park.
 
A climber who is reported to have injuries including a broken leg is at the 13,000 foot level on Split Mountain.
 
Oregon is responding to this emergency as California currently does not have aircraft available that can respond to a high altitude rescue operation.
 
Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

 
For more information contact:
 
Kay Fristad:
503-584-3917 or 503-931-5179