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UPDATED: Missing hikers rescued near Packwood

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Aug. 15, 2012 at 8:57 am |
August 15, 2012 1:34 pm

UPDATEas of 1:27 p.m.

Two hikers stranded overnight were rescued this afternoon and are being treated at Morton General Hospital.

They waved an orange sleeping bag in the air to grab the attention of a search plane flying overhead in the Goat Rock area.

The couple, visiting from Oklahoma, had supplies for a four-day hike but ran into trouble after just a few hours. The 62-year-old husband slid 60 feet down a snow field and struck his head. His 58-year-old wife slipped and fell trying to catch him.

INITIAL POST: The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two injured hikers near Packwood.

A man called the Forest Service Tuesday from a satellite phone near Hart Lake in the Goat Rocks area south of Packwood. He told rangers that he and his wife had both slipped and fallen while hiking through snow fields.

The man suffered a bruised hip and the woman seriously cut her leg.

Deputies advised the couple to stay put. A search crew is hiking in to look for them today and the Sheriff’s Office plans to conduct an aerial search to pinpoint their location.

Due to a poor phone connection, the man could not advise deputies of where they are and the phone does not have GPS.

Officials said they do not know how old the couple is or where they are from.

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