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The Today File

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August 7, 2013 at 9:56 PM

2 hikers rescued from ravine in Olympic National Park

Two injured hikers were rescued from a 50-foot ravine in the Olympic National Park by two Coast Guard helicopter crews Wednesday afternoon.

A 19-year-old hiker in the center of the park activated a personal locator beacon at 7:30 a.m., alerting Coast Guard Puget Sound Sector that he was stranded, Coast Guard spokesperson Katelyn Tyson said.

The beacon was key. “Without that, it would be a cat-and-mouse chase,” she said, given the rough terrain. Park rangers also received a satellite phone call from one of the hikers telling them his condition was deteriorating.

At 4:05 p.m. a Coast Guard crew in a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Port Angeles hoisted the hikers aboard and transported them to the air station, while a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Astoria, Ore., assisted the rescue.

An ambulance transported the hikers to the Olympic Memorial Hospital in Port Angeles. Wednesday night there was no information on their condition.

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