July 24, 2013 at 11:17 AM
Injured woman hires private helicopter for Mount St. Helens airlift
An injured woman hired a private helicopter to airlift her and her daughter from Mount St. Helens rather than be carried down on a litter, according to the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office.
The woman, identified as Nancy Allen, 48, of Katy, Texas, called the sheriff’s office around 8 p.m. Tuesday and said she had fallen over a rocky outcropping and was unable to climb back to the trail, Undersheriff Dave Cox wrote in a news release. Allen was accompanied by her 18-year-old daughter.
A sheriff’s search-and-rescue coordinator and the Volcano Rescue Team from Fire District 13 out of Yacolt responded to the call. Although Allen’s injuries were not life-threatening, she was unable to walk and was being brought out on a stokes litter — a wire basket conforming in shape to the human body.
At about 5:20 a.m. today, Allen decided that she would hire a private helicopter to remove her and her daughter rather than go the rest of the way in the litter, according to Cox.
The helicopter arrived about an hour later and airlifted the women from the 6,100-foot level of the south side of the mountain.
Cox did not immediately know the name of the helicopter service or where Allen and her daughter were taken.
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