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Coast Guard rescues hikers from deep snow

Two hikers had become stranded in 3 to 4 feet of snow in the Tillamook State Forest

The Daily Astorian

Published on March 19, 2017 7:56AM

Last changed on March 20, 2017 9:16AM

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.


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