King County Search and Rescue save fallen mountain climber who broke both ankles

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King County Search and Rescue crews saved a young woman who fell while climbing Little Mount Si.

Officials say the woman was rock climbing with friends when she fell onto a ledge and broke both of her ankles.

Amazingly, rescue crews were already on the mountain at the time of the incident, training on how to deal with this exact situation.

About 50 search and rescue volunteers responded.

The girl was stuck on the mountain for hours before crews were able to wheel her down a hiking trail on a stretcher.

Once down, they raced her off to the hospital.

Deputy Peter Linde with King County Sheriff says this kind of incident is rare, but responses from King County Search and Rescue happen all the time. He says a lot of them are preventable.

"People rely on their phones. If their phone dies they might lose their navigation system. People use their phone as a flashlight; not recommended. It's not uncommon for people to call search and rescue because they don't have a flashlight," said Linde.

Linde says the best thing anyone planning on going on a hike can do is be prepared.

King County Search and Rescue suggestion bringing these 10 essentials:

  • Navigation - map, compass, GPS
  • Sun protection - glasses, sunscreen, hat
  • Insulation - extra clothes, avoid cotton
  • Illumination - headlamp, flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency fire supplies - camp stove, matches
  • Repair kit and tools
  • Nutrition - (extra) food
  • Hydration - (extra) water
  • Emergency shelter
  • Communication - cell phone, whistle
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