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October 18, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Two hikers and their small dog spent nearly two hours stranded on a 120-foot cliff in Discovery Park in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood Friday night before being rescued, according to a Seattle Fire Department news release.
The couple had hiked down to the beach and were walking in the sand when the tide came in, forcing them up a steep, muddy trail, where they waited for the tide to go back out. Unfortunately for them, the sun set first, and they couldn’t find their way back down, the release said.
Around 7 p.m., a technical-rescue team from Magnolia Engine Company 41 arrived, lowering rope lines from above to the hikers, while the Chief Seattle Fire Boat pulled in below them and King County Sheriff’s Guardian One responded by air, the release said.
A Seattle police officer hiked up from the fireboat and was able to reach the stranded hikers and lead them down. Medics examined them and determined they were uninjured.
August 13, 2013 at 9:10 AM
Victoria Jurgens and her husband celebrated their 11 wedding anniversary this past weekend by hiking the popular Sahale Arm in North Cascades National Park.
They will remember this one.
They were among a number of people stranded by the washout of Cascade River Road.
Here’s her account of their adventure, er, maybe misadventure when they became rain soaked and stranded and the efforts by the National Park Service to get them out.
My husband and I were backpacking for our 11th anniversary. We got hit pretty hard by a thunder, lightning, and hail storm on Sunday on the way down from the Sahale Arm. The water was running down the trail so hard that it was sloshing up over the tops of my boots! It was pretty wild.
We encountered a fresh rock slide after we crossed over Cascade Pass, and the water was coming down in torrents. When we finally arrived at the parking lot, completely soaked, with pizza and beer in Marblemount on the mind, we were informed that the road was out.
We knew there were two rangers who had hiked into the back country, but they were both supposed to be out for several days. There was a guy from Chicago at the trail head, who was suposed to be picked up by a friend at 6:00. We figured when his friend discovered the wash out, he would alert the ranger station in Marblemount about the situation. There wasn’t much anyone could do, so we all just sort of tucked in for the evening.
We were lucky we had been backpacking because it meant we were well prepared to spend the night. We were however very low on food. After a long day of hiking, we each had an energy bar for dinner.
Later in the evening, one of the rangers showed up. Apparently the station alerted him via radio of the situation. He checked on everyone and took names and numbers of people to be notified of our situation. After that, everyone pretty much went to bed. There were a few tents, but most people slept in their cars. We adopted the guy from Chicago and let him sleep in our car.
The next morning the ranger called a meeting at 7:30 to let us know that people were working on the situation and that we might be going out by choppers, or by a zipline type system to get us over the 25 foot deep wash. He said we would have a meeting every hour on the half hour to get updates.
Later, the second ranger arrived from the back country. After a very light breakfast, we headed out to get water. A few people had filters, and pulled together to take care of those who did not. People with food were also very generous.
We spent the day trying to stay entertained. Someone had a guitar, and another person had a mandolin, so they played and sang songs to pass the time. We took a walk down the road a mile and a half to see the wash out. It was bad. We figured we would have to leave our car up there, possibly for months. Apparently the culvert became clogged with logs and debris during the massive runoff from the storm, so the water tore through the road to find a new route down the mountain.
We walked back up to our camp. As the day wore on, there was talk of a crew possibly trying to build a temporary road. By noon, people were running out of food and no one knew if we would be spending another night. The hourly meetings continued, and we were told that a chopper might come in if the cloud layer lifted enough to make it safe.
The cloud layer did lift, and sure enough, a chopper arrived carrying boxes of sack lunches made by several restaurants in Marblemount. It was pretty great. We also got a third ranger. She told us that the temporary road might be ready between 5:00 and 7:00pm, and that the chopper had gone to access the situation upstream. She said thunder storms were in the forecast again, and that if the road did not hold, we would likely be going out by chopper.
A while later, we got a fourth ranger via helicopter, and just after 4:00, they said the road was ready, and to be packed and ready to go by 4:45. Everyone loaded up and we headed out. We could not believe what the road crew had managed. They dumped huge logs in the wash, and then dumped rock and dirt over them. The logs allowed the water through, making a temporary culvert. It was very impressive.
I have to say, we were extremely impressed with how the rangers handled everything. They did a great job and we are very grateful to be safe and sound in our own beds this evening!
Correction: In an earlier version of this post, the headline and the introduction mistakenly said Jurgens and the others were stranded on the North Cascades Highway. They were not. They were stranded when Cascade River Road washed out because of the storms.
February 25, 2013 at 6:55 PM
UPDATE: 7:00 a.m. | The snowmobilers and their rescuers are reported to be back at the snow park, after spending the night on the mountain.
UPDATE: 5:45 a.m. | Rescuers and the snowmobilers are estimated to be about two hours from the the rescue base camp this morning, according to William C. Akers with the King County Sheriff’s Office. Conditions could change that, but at this point, the group is on the move and the snowmobilers appear to be doing well.
UPDATE: 11:45 p.m. | Rescuers have reached the couple, who appear to have no injuries, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. The rescue crew is helping them warm up and hoping to get them off the mountain soon.
UPDATE: 11:00 p.m. | A rescue crew was within a mile of the stranded snowmobilers at around 10:15 p.m., according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. Another crew had to turn around after a ridge they were walking along gave way. At least one volunteer fell, but no injuries were reported by the crew, which is now attempting an alternate rescue route.
Search and rescue teams know where two snowmobilers have been stranded near Blowout Mountain since Sunday, but are still struggling to reach them.
A 44-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman became stranded in an area between Blowout Mountain and Twin Camps Sunday because of whiteout conditions, said King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Charlie Akers.
Instead of heading back in dangerous conditions, they built a snow cave and fire to keep warm overnight. Because neither were prepared to camp overnight, they are running out of food and getting colder, Akers said. The woman is apparently showing signs of hypothermia.
At about 9:50 a.m., the man was able to hike to an area with cellphone reception and reach his daughter. She then called for a rescue. About 40 search and rescue team members from the King County Sheriff’s Office and Pierce County Sheriff’s Department have been looking for them ever since using GPS coordinates.
But the terrain has proved difficult for an on-foot rescue.
“Just getting from the trailhead up the mountain carefully and being cautious of what’s underneath the snow has been difficult,” Akers said of the search teams’ effort.
There has been no talk of using a helicopter to rescue the two today and they may have to spend another night out in the cold if rescue teams don’t reach them soon, Akers said.
About 10 inches of snow fell on mountain passes today, but snow showers should taper off tonight, according to Gary Schneider, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. Although it’ll be cold — likely in the 20s — Schneider said most of the night and tomorrow should be dry.
November 12, 2012 at 8:51 AM
The Associated Press
UPDATED: 11:10 a.m. | LONGMIRE — Rescue crews are searching for two snowboarders who were stranded on Mount Rainier overnight in heavy snow.
The men, ages 20 and 21, called Sunday afternoon to report they had become lost in the storm while descending from Camp Muir. He says they had winter gear, smart phones and a compass, but no overnight gear,
said Mount Rainier National Park spokesman Kevin Bacher.
Bacher identified them as Derek Tyndall and Thomas Dale. He says the men are cold but not hurt. They took shelter overnight by digging a snow cave.
More than two dozen people are trying to reach the men, who are believed to be at about 7,500-foot elevation near Paradise. The area has gotten about 20 inches of fresh snow.
Olympic Mountain Rescue’s Roger Beckett says 10 members of their advanced team are helping with the rescue. He says members of Tacoma Mountain Rescue are also assisting park rangers.
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