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Report for Klickitat County Sheriff's Office and Skamania County Sheriff's Office

KLICKITAT COUNTY

SHERIFF'S OFFICE

On Saturday, July 12, members of Klickitat County Search and Rescue assisted Yakima County in rescuing an injured climber from Mt. Adams.

At approximately 5:00 p.m. Yakima County requested assistance from Klickitat County Search and Rescue because many Yakima SAR units were unavailable, as they were assisting on a large fire in Yakima County.

Due to inclement weather on the mountain during the night, the search was delayed until 4 a.m. Sunday morning. During the night, Klickitat County Search and Rescue was joined by members from Yakima County Search and Rescue, as well as the following Mountain Rescue groups: Central Washington Mt. Rescue, Seattle Mt. Rescue, Tacoma Mt. Rescue and Portland Mt. Rescue.

In the early morning hours, personnel from the mountain rescue units ascended to approximately 9,400 foot elevation to locate the injured climber.

The hiker, Selena Nobbs, was located in the area known as the "lunch counter." Members of the Mazama climbing group had attended her during the night. Selena had a possible broken ankle.

The Mountain Rescue group lowered her off of the mountain after her injuries were assessed by Rescue EMTs. Upon reaching the end of the snow pack, a wheel was attached to the litter carrying Selena. Klickitat County Search and Rescue assisted in carrying her the rest of the way off of the mountain.

The climber was in good spirits and had a healthy condition, other than a broken ankle.

The rescue on Sunday was effected during good weather conditions.

The following members of the Klickitat County Search and Rescue assisted in the rescue: Bob and M'Lane Baker, Jeff King, Zane Kerns, Tom Kessler Sr., Peter Garland, Bud Nolen, Linda Phelps and Eileen Porter.

SKAMANIA COUNTY

SHERIFF'S OFFICE

On July 12, 2003, at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Skamania County Sheriff's Office received a report of an injured hiker at the 6,500-foot level of Mt. St. Helens.

Deputies from the sheriff's office were dispatched to the scene along with members of the Volcano Rescue Team. Additional resources from the Portland Mountain Rescue Team and Cowlitz County Search and Rescue were called to assist.

A MAST helicopter was dispatched to the scene and airlifted the victim, Sharon R. Flood of Gresham, Ore., to the Mt. Hood Community Hospital for treatment of chest injuries.

On July 13, 2003, at approximately 3 p.m., the Skamania County Sheriff's Office received a report of an injured person who was swept over the Lava Canyon Falls.

Deputies from the sheriff's office were dispatched along with North County EMS and the US Forest Service.

Jacob Brown, 19, Springfield, Ore., was at the Lava Canyon Falls with his gymnastics club. He attempted to cross the river and was swept over the two falls -- the first was approximately 65 feet high and the second about 25 feet.

A MAST helicopter was dispatched and airlifted Brown to Emanuel Hospital for treatment of back, ankle and head injuries.

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