NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, WA. – A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a rescue southeast of Arlington, Wash., the morning of November 9, 2019 in conjunction with first responders from the Arlington Police Department, the Arlington Fire Department, Getchell Fire and North County Fire and EMS.
The SAR crew responded to a call to transport a 59-year-old male suffering from injuries related to an ATV accident the night prior. The man had been pinned under his quad for approximately 13-hours and was suffering serious injuries to his pelvis and hypothermia.
The SAR crew arrived at the patient’s location at approximately 7:45 a.m. where local fire and sheriff personnel were on scene. The patient was litter hoisted aboard the SAR helicopter and transported to Harborview Medical Center, where they landed by approximately 9 a.m.
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island SAR has conducted 40 total missions throughout Washington State this year, including twelve searches, sixteen rescues and twelve 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.
Public Affairs Deputy
NAS Whidbey Island
3730 N Charles Porter Ave.
Oak Harbor, Wash., 98278