Coast Guard rescues hikers stranded in snow on King's Mountain

US Coast Guard rescue at King's Mountain - USCG photo

TILLAMOOK FOREST, Ore. – U.S. Coast Guard air crews rescued two hikers Saturday who were stranded on King’s Mountain in the Tillamook State Forest.

The hikers initially called in Saturday to report they were hypothermic and stuck on a ledge in snow that was about 3 or 4 feet deep. They started out on a hike that morning, and didn’t have supplies to stay overnight.

The Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office sent out a ground crew, however the team was unable to reach the hikers through the deep snow.

The Coast Guard Sector Columbia River sent out a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew shortly after 6:30 p.m. to hoist the two hikers and a member of the ground search party to safety. All three were taken to the South Fork Forest Camp where emergency crews met them for further care.

According to the Coast Guard, the weather was about 0 degrees Fahrenheit with wind about 7 mph when they hoisted the hikers up to the helicopter.

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