NAS Whidbey Island SAR Rescues Injured Climber Off of Mount Olympus

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)– A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island rescued an injured climber in the Olympic National Park on Wednesday October 11th.

The October 11th rescue was the third attempt to locate this particular hiker. Two earlier attempts on Tuesday were hampered by inclement weather. After sunrise Wednesday morning, they finally located the injured man at the attitude of 6,000 feet on Mount Olympus. Once they located the hiker, they brought him aboard and flew him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Lt. Evan Jester, co-pilot on the first mission, said conditions made the earlier attempts challenging. “The weather and low clouds made this one of the toughest missions I’ve ever flown,” he said.

Olympic Mountain Rescue, a volunteer organization dedicated to saving lives through rescue and mountain safety education, and the National Park Service also assisted with the rescue efforts.