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Incident:          Medical Rescue
Date:               August 13, 2011
Time:               1830 hours
Location:         South Climb Mt. Adams
Incident #        11-12341


On August 13, 2011 at approximately 1830 hours the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an injured climber on Mt. Adams.  It was reported that the 50 year old climber from Eatonville had fallen approximately 100 feet into a boulder field while descending the mountain at about the 7000 foot level on the south climb trail.   Initial reports indicated the subject had suffered several broken bones.  Climbers in the area and Wilderness Rangers were able to move the victim to a suitable site out of the boulder field to await rescuers.

Volunteers from Yakima County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, Central Washington Mountain Rescue and Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Search and Rescue were dispatched.  At about 2350 hours rescue team members arrived at the location and a paramedic with the team assessed the victim’s injuries.  A helicopter from Life Flight was requested and arrived at the scene at about 0044 hours.  The patient was then transported to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver for treatment.  Preliminary reports of injuries included, broken scapula, compound fracture of right arm, injured knee and possible head injury.

In total 20 volunteers participated in this rescue.

At this time there is no additional information available.

Yakima County Sheriff’s Office
Sgt. John Durand



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