Extraction of SAR members after patient was flown down on Rescue 45 of Lost/Stuck Hiker on Mt. Olympus.
Posted by Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue on Saturday, August 18, 2018
SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah, Aug. 19, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Officials have released a video of an injured hiker as well as a search and rescue team being flown from Mount Olympus in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Crews were first called out at approximately 10:15 p.m. Saturday for a 35-year-old man who was far off trail on Mount Olympus and was stuck in steep, rocky and wet terrain among very thick brush, according to a news release from Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue.
“He had taken some minor slips and falls and sustained a minor leg injury; he reported a muscle tear, making it that much more difficult to move among the difficult terrain,” the news release said. “He had summited Mount Olympus earlier that day from the normal route up, but descended down north of the main trail in the gully immediately north of the Geurt’s ridge and ended up at about 7500 feet elevation before calling for help.”
A team of five SAR members headed up the trail just before 11 p.m. and split off the main trail toward the north at about 6800 feet, the news release said.
“Although it had mostly stopped, recent rains made the brush wet and the footing somewhat slippery as the team slowly bushwhacked their way over and eventually up to within a few hundred feet of, and in voice contact with, the patient,” the news release goes on. “A Department of Public Safety helicopter was called in as an extraction on foot of the wet, cold, tired and injured patient would have been very long, precarious and dangerous.”
The DPS helicopter was able to extract the patient just before the SAR team reached him. After flying the patient down, the helicopter returned and made three more trips to get all five SAR members back down by about 3:40 a.m.
The name of the injured hiker was not released.