Coast Guard rescues injured hiker in Olympic National Park

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A Coast Guard helicopter aircrew rescued a 60-year-old man who suffered a broken ankle while hiking near the Starbuck Mine on the western coastline of Olympic National Park, the Coast Guard said.

A U.S. Forest Service ranger, who was with the man and rendered first aid, requested Coast Guard assistance through the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

The aircrew launched from Port Angeles aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter at about 3:50 p.m. and safely hoisted the man aboard.

The aircrew transported the man — who was not identified — back to Port Angeles and transferred him in stable condition to waiting emergency medical services at about 5:30 p.m.

EMS transported the man to Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles, the Coast Guard said.

Starbuck Mine — an old gold mine — is located on the coast near Cedar Creek, north of Cape Johnson and LaPush.

Last modified: January 19. 2014 11:38PM
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