Update at 10:02 p.m.: The weather cleared and the helicopter was able to hoist the injured hiker, the sheriff’s office said. He is being taken to a hospital.
Update at 9 p.m.: A helicopter team was unable to rescue the hiker because of weather. He will likely be carried out by rescuers on the ground, the sheriff’s office said.
Original post: Snohomish County teams are rescuing a seriously injured hiker who fell near Mount Pugh in the North Cascades Wednesday afternoon.
The 28-year-old man fell about 50 feet near Mount Pugh, east of the Mountain Loop Highway, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. Search-and-rescue teams were mobilized after the incident was reported around 1:15 p.m. and arrived at his location about two hours later.
The hiker is reported to be conscious, the sheriff’s office said. He will be taken from the area by air, conditions permitting, or packed out by ground.