|Oregon Army National Guard to rescue hiker on Mt. Jefferson
Salem, Ore. – The Oregon Army National Guard will launch a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter from the Army Aviation Support Facility at the Salem, Ore. airport to support a rescue mission on Mt. Jefferson.
A 29-year old female hiker is in need of assistance, and the crew will launch at approximately 11:15 p.m. to aid both Lane and Jefferson counties which are working jointly on the rescue.
Weather in Salem could become a factor at approximately 1 a.m., and the aircrew has a contingency plan to land in Bend if the weather in is not conducive to a return trip.
This is the second rescue mission today for the Oregon Army National Guard. This afternoon the Guard rescued a climber on Mt. Adams who had a compound fracture to his leg. The climber was taken to Legacy Emmanuel Hospital.
The Oregon Army National Guard has conducted or assisted dozens of rescues this year using UH-60 Blackhawks from the Army Aviation Support Facility in Salem and CH-47 Chinook helicopters from the AASF in Pendleton, Ore.
The citizen-soldiers of the Oregon National Guard are highly trained and skilled professionals, ready to assist in either natural or manmade disasters or crises.
Maj. Arnold Strong, 503-584-3885
Capt Mike Braibish 503-584-3886, cell 503-932-5805
Kay Fristad 503-584-3917, cell 503-931-5179