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August 15, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Two hikers found near Packwood, Lewis County

UPDATE:

Lewis County sheriff’s deputies have rescued an Oklahoma couple who were hurt while hiking near Packwood.  The couple, a 58-year-old woman, and a 62-year-old man, are recovering at Morton General Hospital, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a married couple who were hurt while hiking near Packwood.

According to the sheriff’s office, the husband contacted the U.S. Forest Service from his satellite phone yesterday to report that they had slipped and fell while hiking through snow. The man said his wife had cut her leg, but the bleeding was controlled, and that he had bruised his hip. The man said they were near Hart Lake and needed help getting out.

The Forest Service contacted sheriff’s deputies, who, in turn, told the man to stay put.  A search and rescue team is trying to locate the hikers, but there is some confusion as to where they are.  There is not a specific GPS function on the satellite phone, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies plan to fly the department airplane over the area to see if they can find the hikers from the air.

 

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