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December 5, 2013 at 9:10 AM
STEVENSON, Skamania County (AP) — A woman who was injured in a fall on Mount St. Helens was airlifted by rescuers Thursday and taken to a Vancouver hospital.
The Skamania County sheriff’s office says 28-year-old Alana McCammon of Vancouver fell into a snow cave Wednesday night at about the 7,000-foot level of the volcano in southwest Washington. She was with 25-year-old Kyle Knight of Petersburg, Alaska.
The sheriff’s office received a call for help and rescuers reached her overnight. She was stabilized until she was airlifted off the mountain by a helicopter at daylight.
McCammon was taken by ambulance to PeaceHealth Medical Center in Vancouver. Spokeswoman Michelle Halfhill says she was admitted in satisfactory condition.
December 3, 2013 at 2:12 PM
Kent firefighters used an aerial ladder truck and a “Stokes” basket to remove a construction worker who was injured this morning while working at an apartment complex.
The worker suffered an undisclosed but non-life-threatening injury while on the roof of the five-story building under construction at West Smith Street and Fourth Avenue North, according to Capt. Kyle Ohashi of the Kent Fire Department.
Because of limited access to the roof from the stairwell, firefighters decided to use the ladder truck to get the injured worker down, he said.
Although the ladder can be extended to over 100 feet, Ohashi said it was barely able to reach the roof of the apartment building, which is about 60 feet above ground. This was due to the distance the ladder truck had to park from the building and the angle of the ladder when extended.
Once hoisted from the roof, the injured worker was taken to a local hospital, Ohashi said. His condition was not immediately known.
November 21, 2013 at 1:20 PM
MAPLE VALLEY (AP) — A young elk needed an assist after its horns became tangled in a soccer net at Rock Creek Elementary School in Maple Valley, says the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department.
Officer Bruce Richards cut the net last Friday and freed the elk. A King County sheriff’s deputy who also responded recorded this video.
October 31, 2013 at 2:22 PM
UPDATE AT 2:42 P.M.: Firefighters rescued the man by carrying him up a 15-foot embankment on a backboard. He has been taken to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition, according to the Seattle Fire Department.
Department spokesman Kyle Moore said it’s unclear whether the man fell or jumped.
“He kept calling  and hanging up. We found him through the GPS on his cellphone,” Moore said.
ORIGINAL POST: Seattle police and firefighters are trying to rescue a man after he dialed 911 on his cellphone to report he had fallen down a ravine.
Fire crews were dispatched to 7000 Rainier Ave S., where BBB Used Tire is located. Nobody picked up the phone at the tire store.
Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel said the call was dispatched as a “welfare check.” Fire spokesman Kyle Moore said they dispatched their rope rescue team.
“We were trying to find him, and SPD found him first. He wasn’t making much sense, and he couldn’t tell us where he was,” Moore said.
This post will be updated when more is known.
October 14, 2013 at 6:55 AM
Former lifeguard and state trooper pull driver from submerged car: Talk about remarkable efforts to save someone. It happened near Ellensburg on Saturday. A passing motorist, who happened to be a former lifeguard, and a trooper swam 50 feet out to the car, which was submerged in a pond so only the roof could be seen. The windows and doors were locked, so the trooper used his baton to break a window. The man in the car was pulled out and taken to the hospital. No word on his condition.
A closer look at minimum wage proposal in SeaTac: The city is proposing a hike in the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Long Beach, Calif., voters took similar action. The California results suggest a “living wage” ordinance in SeaTac wouldn’t be as good as advocates hope or as bad as critics warn. Would you vote for increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour? Vote in our poll. Mobile users can vote here.
Train fatalities: Here’s a sad series of events. Three hit by Amtrak trains in separate incidents since Thursday
Wild animal cruelty on Bainbridge: A raccoon had to be euthanized after it was found near death in an illegal trap in a popular park on the island, and a heron was found with a gunshot wound, according to our community news partner, Inside Bainbridge. Come on, people.
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September 23, 2013 at 4:32 PM
The Associated Press
A 15-year-old girl is in stable condition after falling from a 15-foot cliff while hiking in Olympic National Park.
The Coast Guard said its crew rescued the hiker Monday afternoon and flew her to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
The girl, from Idaho, was visiting the park on a school field trip. She reportedly fell head-first from a cliff north of the Hoh River in Clallam and landed on a beach.
Rescue crews lowered a swimmer to help hoist the teen into a helicopter.
July 27, 2013 at 11:20 AM
A hiker who suffered a severe leg injury at Blanca Lake near the town of Index, Snohomish County, was taken by helicopter to a hospital Friday.
Before emergency medical responded, off-duty nurses who were in the rugged mountain area bandaged the man’s open leg fracture. The Index, Gold Bar and Skykomish fire departments and Search and Rescue responded to a report around 4:40 p.m. that the man, in his 50s, needed help at the southwest corner of the lake.
A Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office helicopter transported the man to Providence Everett Medical Center by 7 p.m., where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
July 24, 2013 at 11:17 AM
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.
July 15, 2013 at 10:31 AM
LAKEWOOD, Pierce County (AP) — A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier just back from Afghanistan helped rescue neighbors in an apartment fire in Lakewood.
Ranger Marcus Taylor told KOMO he heard kids screaming and car horns about 4 a.m. Monday and looked out his window to see flames at a nearby apartment building.
He rushed over and was told someone was still on the top floor of the two-story building. Taylor says he heard rustling and kicked in a sliding glass door. He told residents to come to the sound of his voice.
Taylor was treated for cuts to his right leg from the breaking glass. A woman from the building was treated for smoke inhalation, but everyone got out OK.
Four units were destroyed or heavily damaged. Nineteen people were displaced by the fire.
June 18, 2013 at 10:53 AM
Seattle police Harbor Patrol officers rescued a dog that had become trapped last night on a capsized boat on Lake Washington.
The officers responded to the capsized boat near the Windermere neighborhood just before 8 p.m. and found that the three people aboard had been picked up by another boat. They were not injured, police said.
However, the officers learned a large dog was trapped in an air pocket inside the cabin of the capsized boat.
The officers donned their dive gear and rescued the trapped dog, which did not require medical treatment.
The boat was towed to Magnuson Park, police said.
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