OCEAN PARK, Wash. - U.S. Coast Guard crews hoisted two lost hikers to safety Saturday.
The hikers, from Portland, had wandered off a Leadbetter State Park trail and were unable to find their way back in the darkness, Chief Paul Painter said. Coast Guard Group Astoria received a request for assistance from a Pacific County Sheriff's Offcie dispatcher at 7 p.m.
Using night vision goggles and forward-looking infrared equipment, the crew of the HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter located the lost hikers, and relayed their position to local search-and-rescue personnel on the ground.
But because of the darkness and difficult terrain, the sheriff's deputies were unable to rendezvous with the hikers to lead them to safety. Coast Guard officials lifted the hikers and the deputies and delivered them to the Coast Guard Station at Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Wash., where they were met by local authorities. Both hikers were in good condition following their ordeal, officials said.