UPDATE, 3:07 p.m. | Rescuers have found the three experienced hikers and the dog who got lost after they went off-trail east of Gold Bar.
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said Monday afternoon that the hikers did not sustain any injuries but were being removed from the area by helicopter.
ORIGINAL POST | GOLD BAR, Snohomish County (AP) — The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office says rescuers are searching for three experienced hikers who went off-trail east of Gold Bar.
Deputies say a woman called 911 late Sunday night to report that her 52-year-old husband, their son and one of his friends hadn’t returned home as scheduled.
Search and rescue personnel and volunteers, along with a sheriff’s office helicopter, headed out at about 5:30 a.m. Monday. Their vehicle was found at the Trout Creek Trail about two hours later.
The sheriff’s office says officials are working with a cell phone service provider to try to pinpoint their location.
In a separate incident Monday morning, Snohomish County rescue crews came to the aid to a woman in her 50s who injured her knee in a fall along the Pacific Crest Trail. The woman activated a personal locator beacon monitored by a private company because she knew she wouldn’t be able to hike out, and a sheriff’s office helicopter picked her up near Mica Lake.