|Military Air Rescue Team, Oregon Army Guard Assisting in rescue on Mt. Hood
Two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters from the Military Air Rescue Team, Oregon Army National Guard based in Salem, Ore. were dispatched to Clackamas County in response to a 911 call from an individual who stated he and his climbing partner had fallen into a crevasse near Sandy Glacier.
The Blackhawk's and crews will respond to the Direction of the Clackamas County Sheriffs Office.
Departing Salem, Ore. at 2:35 this afternoon, they arrive on the scene at approximately 3 p.m. After conferring with authorities on the ground one Blackhawk and crew transported members of the Portland Mountain Rescue Team to the site to prepare the climbers for transport to medical facilities.
The climbers were believed to have broken bones and possible back and/or neck injuries. It conditions warrant, the MART team will transport the patients to Legacy Emmanuel Hospital for continuing treatment, otherwise they will remove the patients from the mountain and deliver them to a waiting ambulance for transport.
Coordinated efforts for rescue such as this are typically coordinated by the County Authorities in which the rescue takes place, in this case Clackamas County.
The UH-60 Blackhawk and crews train for medevac missions in mountainous terrains such as we find in Oregon and Washington. When they received the designation of Military Air Rescue Team, they took on the mission of conducting these high altitude rescues along with others involving the need for hoist operations.
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