Navy SAR conducts 3 rescues

Search and Rescue teams from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island rescued three skiers in two rescues over the weekend in the Cascade Mountains and a completed a medical evacuation from Forks on Monday.

A SAR team responded to a call just after 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9, to rescue a skier with a severe knee injury near Mount Baker and Coleman Glacier.

On Sunday, a SAR team rescued a 25-year old skier with a broken leg and transported the victim’s non-injured companion off Mount Stuart from about 7,000 feet.

Once over the scene just after 2 p.m., the SAR crew saw two bright orange Xs. The skiers had crisscrossed their skis as distress markers on the slope of the mountain.

On Monday, an SAR team was called in the late morning to pick up a female patient who needed to be transported from Forks Hospital to Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle.