By Jessi Loerch
Last weekend, a helicopter rescue crew evacuated a hiker who had injured his ankle.
Andrew Toyota, the chair of Everett Mountain Rescue, which works close the the Snohomish County Helicopter Rescue team, sent this video to me.
It shows a fascinating view of the rescue operation. I have to say, I hope to never, ever need their help. But if I do, I’m glad to know they’re such a skilled team.
From Andrew: EMRU went in to rescue an injured hiker off Mt. Pilchuck: The entire helicopter operation was captured by someone at the lookout tower, a rescuer on the ground and myself, who was the helicopter tech for both days. It’s unique to get this type of footage that details what goes into a “straightforward” rescue. Mountain rescuers from Everett, Olympia and Skagit hiked in to keep the subject warm overnight and provide be a viable evacuation alternative, should the helicopter not be able to extract him.