A 22-year-old male hiker was flown off Mount Pilchuck by a Snohomish County Search and Rescue helicopter Saturday morning. The man had injured his ankle on Friday during a day hike with two other people and could not hike down the mountain from the snowline at about 5,100 feet, said Jeff Brand, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant.
Fog and heavy clouds prevented a rescue helicopter from reaching the hiker Friday night, so search and rescue crews hiked in and met the group, remaining with them overnight. The hiker was taken to Providence Medical Center in Everett after being flown off the mountain Saturday morning.
Brand said this was the “best-case scenario” of a successful rescue because the hikers were prepared and kept their cool.
“These people did a lot of things right,” Brand said. “They had a cell phone with good cover and battery, they had Mylar blankets just in case, they stayed in one place once they asked for help and they built a fire.”