Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA – A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island rescued a hiker with traumatic injuries near Green Mountain on June 4th, 2019.
According to a press memo, the SAR crew arrived in the area, east of Granite Falls, Washington, in the mid-afternoon, where they quickly linked up with local first responders who were attending to the 48-year old female hiker.
The injured woman was hoisted onboard the SAR helicopter and transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
NAS Whidbey Island SAR has conducted 18 total missions throughout Washington State this year, including six searches, five rescues and seven medical evacuations.
The Navy SAR unit operates three MH-60S helicopters from NAS Whidbey Island as search and rescue/medical evacuation (SAR/MEDEVAC) platforms for the EA-18G aircraft as well as other squadrons and personnel assigned to the installation. Pursuant to the National SAR Plan of the United States, the
unit may also be used for civil SAR/MEDEVAC needs to the fullest extent practicable on a non-interference basis with primary military duties according to applicable national directives, plans, guidelines and agreements; specifically, the unit may launch in response to tasking by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (based on a Washington State Memorandum of Understanding) for inland missions, and/or tasking by the United States Coast Guard for all other aeronautical and maritime regions, when other assets are unavailable.
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