PMR Helps Evacuate Injured Mt St Helens Climber
Sunday, July 13, 2003
In the second mission of the day, a PMR team assisted in the evacuation of an injured climber on SW Washington's Mount St. Helens.
A 62-year-old woman had injured her ribs while glissading on the famous 8,364-foot Cascade Range volcano.  Evidently, the subject turned to one side and struck her rib cage into a rock while sliding near the 6,500-foot mark on the mountain.
PMR provided additional manpower to teams from the Volcano Rescue Team - the search and rescue unit that usually covers the mountain.  The teams packaged the patient in a litter and carried her over the rocky and difficult Monitor Ridge route on the South Side of the mountain.
After reaching the Kiwi Camp plateau near 4,800 feet, a helicopter from the 832nd Army National Guard unit at Ft. Lewis, Washington, evacuated the patient to a hospital.  Her prognosis is excellent.
Note:  Earlier on Sunday, PMR was called out for another rescue mission on nearby Mount Adams.  Click here for that story.