GALES CREEK — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two hikers stranded in deep snow on King’s Mountain in the Tillamook State Forest Saturday.
At approximately 6:30 p.m., the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center contacted Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Columbia River in Warrenton requesting assistance in lifting the stranded hikers.
After beginning their hike at 8 a.m. Saturday, the pair called 911 stating they were hypothermic and stuck on a ledge in 3 to 4 feet of snow with no overnight supplies. A local ground party from the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office attempted to reach the hikers but were unable because of the deep snow.
A MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter air crew from the Coast Guard’s Air Station Astoria hoisted the two hikers and a member of a ground search party and dropped them off at South Fork Forest Camp, where police officers met them for further care.