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Coast Guard In Dramatic Night Rescue of Climber (VIDEO)

Port Angeles, WA USCG Air Station

Port Angeles Coast Guard Air Station (CG photo)

A Coast Guard crew from Air Station Port Angeles, Washington rescued a stranded hiker on rocks on the Pacific coast on July 27, 2014.

And they made it look easy.

“With fog pressing and darkness falling along the rugged coastline, we made an approach to a hover amongst a series of towering pinnacle rock formations and were able to locate and recover the hiker stranded some 50 feet high on a rock above the surf,” said Lt. Cmdr. Edward Geraghty, the aircraft commander. “The precise conning commands from the flight mechanic, combined with exceptional airmanship from the co-pilot and physical abilities of the rescue swimmer, culminated in a textbook vertical surface rescue.”

Coast Guard In Dramatic Night Rescue of Climber

 

From the video notes:
A Coast Guard aircrew from Air Station Port Angeles rescued a stranded hiker from the rocks near Shi Shi Beach, Sunday evening.

The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew transported the man to emergency medical services on the nearby beach at about 9:45 p.m.

“With fog pressing and darkness falling along the rugged coastline, we made an approach to a hover amongst a series of towering pinnacle rock formations and were able to locate and recover the hiker stranded some 50 feet high on a rock above the surf,” said Lt. Cmdr. Edward Geraghty, the aircraft commander. “The precise conning commands from the flight mechanic, combined with exceptional airmanship from the co-pilot and physical abilities of the rescue swimmer, culminated in a textbook vertical surface rescue.”

Neah Bay EMS contacted Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, in Seattle, requesting assistance for a 25-year-old man stranded on a large rock south of Shi Shi beach at about 8:40 p.m. The man had climbed on the rock earlier in the day, and the rising tide prevented him from climbing down.

The Coast Guard aircrew, aboard the Dolphin, was diverted from a mission near Everett, Washington, and arrived on scene at 9:35 p.m. The rescue swimmer was lowered to a position below the stranded hiker and cliff walked to his position. The rescue swimmer placed the man in a rescue sling and both were safely hoisted into the Dolphin at about 9:40 p.m.

The aircraft landed on the nearby beach and the man was transferred to waiting EMS in reportedly good condition. This was the first operational rescue for both the Dolphin co-pilot and the rescue swimmer.

 

Coast Guard In Dramatic Night Rescue of Climber (VIDEO)