NAS Whidbey Island SAR rescued two people over the weekend

(MOUNT SHUKSAN)- A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island rescued two people on Saturday, September 29.

For the first rescue on Saturday morning, the SAR crew were called to rescue a climber who had fallen approximately 40 feet near Mt. Shuksan, east of Bellingham, Wash. at an elevation of 5,500 feet.

The injured climber was hoisted aboard the SAR helicopter and flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle by 10:30 a.m.

For the second mission on Saturday afternoon, the SAR team flew to Snowking Mountain, southeast of Marblemount, Wash., to rescue a hiker at an elevation of 5,500 feet. The hiker was unable to beat an incoming storm back to the trailhead because of an injured knee.

When the hiker was hoisted on board the helicopter he refused medical attention so he was dropped off at the Marblemount Ranger Station and handed over to the Park Rangers and Skagit County Sheriff Department.

NAS Whidbey Island SAR has conducted 56 total missions throughout Washington State this year, including 41 rescues, eight searches and seven medical evacuations.