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Press Release
July 02, 2005
Mission Complete - Rescue and transport from Mt. Washington
Friday evening, July 1, 2005, the Oregon National Guard's 1042nd Medical Company, responded to a request from the Office of Emergency Management and Linn County to assist in the rescue of a 40 year old female climber who was injured and on the east face of Mt. Washington.  One UH-60 Blackhawk and crew was dispatched from the Army Aviation Flight Facility at approximately 8 p.m. enroute to Hoodoo. At this location they picked up a ground crew then headed for Mt. Washington.
The location of the female climber was near a peak and prohibited the hoist operation for removal of the victim from the mountain. The ground crew then set in to relocate the victim to a location where the helicopter could them come in with the hoist and recovery the victim from the mountain, then transport to Hoodoo where Lifeflight would be waiting. By the time the victim ws taken off the mountain, lifeflight had left due to darkness. A heavy fog had set in on the mountain and the decision was made to remain on site until that lifted.
At 3:45 on Saturday morning a second helicopter was dispatched to transport the female to the hospital in Bend, Ore. After refueling, the helicopter returned to Salem at approximately 11 a.m. The victim was belived to be suffering from a broken femur and head concussion.  Flight crews believe the victim will recover from these injuries. For further information, please contact the Linn County Sheriff's office.
Kay Fristad
Deputy Public Affairs Officer
Oregon National Guard