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.