Navy helicopter team rescues hiker hurt in Olympic Mountains

MOUNT TOWNSEND, Wash. (AP) — A helicopter crew from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island rescued a hiker who was severely injured in a fall in the Buckhorn Wilderness area of the Olympic Mountains. KOMO-TV reports the Navy chopper crew responded Sunday evening after receiving an alert from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office about a hiker who had fallen off a ridgeline at Mount Townsend, had broken  both legs and had a potential traumatic brain injury. Authorities say the rescue crew contacted the injured hiker’s wife, who guided the helicopter crew to their location and provided information about approaching inclement weather conditions. Both were hoisted into the helicopter and taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.