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October 2, 2013 at 10:13 AM
UPDATE: 7:53 p.m. | The ground searches for a 31-year-old man missing in the Big Lava Beds area of Gifford Pinchot National Forest and a 23-year-old woman who has been hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail have been suspended, according to a news release from Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox.
Kristopher Zitzewitz, was looking for caves with his partner when the two were separated around 2 p.m. Saturday, the release said. A a team of 18 searchers spent Wednesday scouring the area where he was last seen, but they were unsuccessful and eventually weather conditions led them to call the search off, the release said. A Coast Guard helicopter called in to help had to be turned back because of the weather, the release said.
Officials are also still looking for 23-year-old Alejandra Wilson, the Pacific Crest Trail hiker who was reported missing Monday after she didn’t check in with her father at the designated time, the release said. Wilson is believed to be somewhere north of Riley Creek in Northern Skamania or Yakima Counties, the release said.
Search and rescue officials expect to mount “an extensive air search” tomorrow, and a ground search will resume on Saturday, if needed, Cox said in the release.
ORIGINAL POST | Search and rescue officials renewed their efforts Wednesday to find a man and a woman missing in separate, remote parts of Southwest Washington after a helicopter rescued two other hikers from waist-deep snow.
Hikers Matt Margiotta and Kyla Arnold were hoisted aboard a Coast Guard helicopter Tuesday evening from the snowy Pacific Crest Trail where it crosses the western flank of 12,280-foot Mount Adams. The helicopter rescue came after a group of ground searchers made it to within less than a mile of the couple, only to be stopped by deep snow and failing daylight.
The helicopter also picked up the five ground searchers, including one who had sprained an ankle, the Coast Guard said.
Two other hikers remained missing Wednesday. One, Kristopher Zitzewitz, was last seen Saturday in the Big Lava Beds area of Gifford Pinchot National Forest, southwest of the mountain. Ground crews resumed searching for him Wednesday morning, said Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox, and though there was at least a brief break in the weather it remained unclear whether crews would be able to look by helicopter as well.
Meanwhile, officials were coming up with a game plan for finding Alejandra Wilson, who had also been hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and was believed to be about a day’s hike north of where Margiotta and Arnold were found.
Wilson’s father, Dane Wilson, of Portland, last heard from her Friday, as she was leaving Trout Lake, a hamlet south of Mount Adams, for White Pass. He reported her overdue after she failed to check in again by Monday, but it wasn’t clear whether she needed any assistance.
Margiotta, Arnold and Wilson were all hiking the length of the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs 2,650 miles from Mexico to the Canadian border, and kept online journals of their travels.
In an update Friday, Arnold mentioned having run into Wilson. She also described having nearly run out of food after heavy rains forced her and Margiotta to huddle under a tarp for four days last week — long delaying their arrival in Trout Lake.
“We finally made it to Trout Lake today and another huge storm is rolling in,” Arnold wrote. “Everyone says we can’t make it because of the weather situation, and to be honest it’s quite terrifying, but I can’t fathom coming this far and giving up.”
The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue team was on standby to provide assistance as needed, Sgt. George Town said Wednesday. He noted that it isn’t uncommon for late-season Pacific Crest Trail arrivals to run into snow and sometimes need help, but the hikers are usually experienced and prepared after more than 2,000 miles on foot.
“They get a fair amount of experience between Mexico and here,” he said. “They’re adept, generally speaking, but this was a pretty good early snowfall.”
Wilson was apparently far enough north that she would be out of cellphone range, unlike Margiotta and Arnold, who managed to call for help Monday and give rescuers their coordinates, Town said.
December 26, 2012 at 11:32 AM
The Associated Press
WATERVILLE, Douglas County — An 83-year-old woman fell into a backyard well on Christmas Eve, but was quickly rescued and is in satisfactory condiction at a Wenatchee hospital.
Ernestine Eggers plunged into the well which is near her family carport in Waterville and spent about 20 minutes in cold water before she was rescued, The Wenatchee World reports.
An emergency crew found her close to unconscious, sitting in a few feet of water at the bottom of the well.
Eggers and her husband routinely remove snow from their driveway by shoveling it into the opened well and she stumbled into it Monday after the lid was left off, said Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tom Couey.
Her husband, Lawrence Eggers, said Wednesday she was “doing okay,” although she remained in the hospital’s intensive care unit.
December 22, 2012 at 3:25 PM
The Coast Guard rescued three duck hunters and their dog from the waters of Coos Bay, Oregon, today.
Two men, a boy and the dog were in an 18-foot boat that capsized early in the morning. Security guards at The Mill, a nearby casino, spotted people in the water and called for help about 7:30 a.m.
The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter crew from Air Station North Bend and a 25-foot response boat from Station Coos Bay.
The helicopter arrived first and lowered a rescue swimmer. The swimmer helped the hunters and the dog into the response boat, which arrived a few minutes later. None of the hunters, ages 45, 26 and 13, were wearing life jackets.
Emergency medical personnel were waiting onshore, but none were injured.
September 5, 2012 at 12:05 PM
One boater is dead and two others were rescued today when their boat overturned near Ledbetter Point at the entrance to Willapa Bay.
A family member called the Coast Guard Tuesday evening to say the boaters, who set out from Tokeland to fish, were overdue, according to the Coast Guard. The boaters, who were in a 24-foot recreational boat, usually return from such trips about 9 p.m.
The Coast Guard launched lifeboats from Ilwaco and Grays Harbor and a helicopter from Astoria, Ore. Beach searchers also were sent out.
Two of the boaters were located about 7:15 this morning by the helicopter, hoisted to safety and taken to the hospital.
The third boater did not survive the accident, but the circumstance of that person’s death weren’t immediately available.
July 19, 2012 at 1:06 PM
The Associated Press
The Seattle Fire Department technical team has rescued a man who fell about 60 feet down a ravine at Carkeek Park.
Spokesman Kyle Moore says the 48-year-old man said he had been at the bottom all night.
He was complaining of leg pain when firefighters got to the scene around 11 a.m. Thursday. Moore says they stabilized him in a basket and used ropes to lift and carry him out.
Moore says the man was dehydrated but didn’t appear to have any broken bones. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center and is expected to be OK.
July 13, 2012 at 9:44 AM
The State Patrol is tweeting that a fawn ran up to a trooper after the youngster’s mother was killed.
The trooper took the fawn to an animal rescue center.
June 8, 2012 at 7:25 PM
An Everett man rescued from a burning apartment building has been taken to Harborview Medical Center with possible burns and smoke inhalation.
The fire, which broke out shortly after 5 p.m., did an estimated $400,000 damage to a four-plex in the 1600 block of 8th Avenue West in Everett, said Everett city spokeswoman Kate Reardon.
The trapped man had been in a second-floor unit and was rescued by firefighters. No other injuries were reported. About six people were evacuated and were being assisted by the Snohomish County Red Cross.
May 9, 2012 at 10:10 AM
The operator of a fishing boat apparently fell asleep at the helm and grounded the boat near Neah Bay early today, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The 37-foot boat eventually hit Chibahdehl Rocks, about four miles west of Neah Bay.
The Coast Guard sent a lifeboat crew and a helicopter to rescue the fishermen after a report that the boat was taking on water about 3:35 a.m., the Coast Guard said.
The lifeboat, however, wasn’t able to pull along side the grounded fishing boat because the water was too shallow, so the fishermen had to swim to the rescue boat where they were safely pulled from the water. They were brought to shore, treated and released.
The fishing boat will be salvaged when the weather permits.
March 27, 2012 at 8:20 AM
Update| 8:20 a.m. A man who fell into the water while taking supplies to a sailboat off Lincoln Park in West Seattle late Monday has died, a Haborview Medical Center spokeswoman said Tuesday morning.
His identity was not released, but was believed to be in his mid-20s, said Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore,
Moore said the man had been using an inflatable raft to ferry supplies from the shore to an anchored sailboat, when the inflatable raft ripped shortly after 9:30 p.m.
Someone on the ferry dock heard his cries and called 9-1-1.
Moore said it’s believed that the victim, who was one of three people bringing supplies to the sailboat, was not wearing a life vest.
The man was in Puget Sound for about an hour, but people have been revived before after being found in very cold water, Moore said. The man was found 20 to 25 yards offshore, six feet underwater.
A Seattle Police Department boat, two small fire rescue boats with heat-sensing equipment, at least four divers, and a Coast Guard helicopter responded.
February 27, 2012 at 12:05 PM
The Associated Press
ANCHORAGE — Three crew members of a Seattle-based fishing vessel were rescued early Monday morning after their vessel ran aground on Umnak Island.
There were no reported injuries.
The Coast Guard says in a release it rescued the three with a helicopter after the 58-foot Neptune 1 lost an engine and drifted aground.
The crew donned survival suits and went ashore when they didn’t feel safe on the Neptune. They also activated location beacons. The Coast Guard reported weather conditions at the time as snowy, with winds 25-40 mph and 12-15 foot seas.
The Neptune 1 is now on its starboard side on the beach. There’s been no reported pollution even though there is fuel on board.
Umnak Island is in the Aleutian chain, about 850 miles southwest of Anchorage.
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