NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. – A Search and Rescue (SAR) team of six from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a rescue mission on Mount Carrie in the Olympic National Park on Monday, July 25, 2016.
The SAR alert crew received a call to rescue a camper experiencing a medical condition on the south side of Mt. Carrie and launched immediately at 3:29 p.m. After a quick transit to the camper’s location, he was located at 5,200 feet on a steep incline. The helicopter crew conducted power checks and low approaches and were able to determine that they could hover immediately. The crew came into a hover and precisely lowered the SAR Medical Technician (SMT) and the Helicopter Inland Rescue Aircrewman (HIRA) via the rescue hoist to the camper in distress. On deck, the SMT and HIRA stabilized the camper and readied him for pick up via the rescue basket. The camper was then taken to Olympic Memorial Hospital in Port Angeles where he was transferred to a higher level of care.
This was the 16th rescue of 2016 for NAS Whidbey Island SAR, which has also conducted four searches and eight Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) missions this year.
The Navy SAR unit operates three MH-60S helicopters from NAS Whidbey Island as search and rescue platforms for the EA-18G aircraft as well as other squadrons and personnel assigned to the installation. The base also has an agreement to assist Washington State with medical evacuations and search and rescue activities.