Gallery: 70 volunteers help rescue Seattle climber with broken ankle
MOUNT BAKER-SNOQUALMIE NATIONAL FOREST, Wash. -- About 70 volunteers managed to get an injured climber down a mountain in eastern Snohomish County to a spot where he could be picked up by a helicopter.
The climber, a 27-year-old Seattle man, was taking part in a climbing class Saturday when he fell and broke his ankle on Sloan Peak. A climbing instructor activated a personal locator beacon, sending GPS coordinates to the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center in Florida, the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office says.
The center alerted Snohomish County dispatchers at 5:15 p.m. Saturday. Search and rescue crews and volunteers, including Everett Mountain Rescue, responded. But bad weather kept a rescue helicopter from reaching the man.
Crews made it to the man on the ground by 8:30 a.m. Sunday. They gave the man first aid and moved him down the mountain's glacier, where the helicopter could reach him, the Sheriff's Office says.
He was flown to Darrington, then taken by ground to a hospital.
The rescue included 1,000 hours of volunteer time, the Sheriff's Office said. Volunteers came from Yakima (Central) Mountain Rescue, Chelan County Mountain Rescue, Everett Mountaineers and the Seattle Mountaineers. The Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue (BORSTAR) team with U.S. Customs and Border Protection also helped.