Clinton woman rescued from gully along highway

South Whidbey Fire/EMS firefighters rescue a woman from a gully bordering Highway 525 near Deer Lake. A person walking along the highway heard her yelling for help from the woods. She was rescued shortly before 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

A South Whidbey woman was sent the hospital today after being rescued from a ravine along Highway 525 in Clinton.

First responders from South Whidbey Fire/EMS extricated the woman from heavy brush and mud near Deer Lake. She was transported to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett Colby Campus in what appeared to be stable condition, according to Wendy Moffatt, the district’s medical division chief.

“Mostly bumps and bruises,” Moffatt said.

The woman’s identity was not released due to federal privacy laws.

The rescue occurred in a marshy ravine that runs parallel to the highway just south of Cedar Vista Drive. A passerby was walking along the state route and heard someone yelling for help. The pedestrian called 9-1-1 at about 12:20 p.m.

Firefighters and police located the woman in mud bordering the marsh. She was found without a shirt; she was wearing just pants and a bra. The woman complained of severe ankle pain and was removed on a flat-board stretcher.

Deputy Brent Durley with the Island County Sheriff’s Office was one of two officers who responded to the incident. He said it is unclear what she was doing in the woods — there didn’t appear to be a trail — but that the woman reported becoming disoriented.

“She said she got lost and that everything looked the same,” Durley said.

The woman reportedly lives nearby on a road behind the stretch of woods where she was found. Durley said she may have been trying to access the highway via a shortcut through the forest, but that couldn’t be immediately confirmed. He could not say how long she was there before being rescued.

The officer said there was no indication that alcohol or drugs were involved.

Approximately a dozen firefighters and first responders were involved in the rescue. Moffatt said the terrain made extricating the woman particularly challenging, but that the rescue was a success and that no one was injured.