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July 07, 2005
Oregon Army National Guard Completes Rescues
 
The Oregon Army National Guard successfully completed the rescue of two climbers from a group of four on Mt. Ranier this afternoon after they fell into a crevasse while climbing the mountain.
 
Two UH-60 Blackhawks launched from the Army Aviation Support Facility in Salem, Ore. around 9:30 a.m., conducted hoist extractions of the two most seriously injured climbers, and transported them to Harbor View hospital in Seattle. The two remaining climbers were taken off the mountain by a private firm.
 
The climbers were part of a four person group on Ingraham Glacier.
 
The first of the two aircraft is expected to return to Salem around 3:30 p.m. today. The crews are from the 1042nd Medical Company (Air Ambulance) based out of Salem, Ore.
 
There are more than 6000 soldiers and 2200 airmen comprising the Oregon National Guard. The ORNG serves both state and federal missions, and is ready to respond to crises and disasters within the state and region.
 
 
Contact:
 
Capt. Mike Braibish
503.584.3886
503.932.5805