Ore. woman airlifted from Mount Hood wilderness

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter rescue crew has airlifted to safety a Portland woman missing for the past three nights in the Mount Hood wilderness.

KGW-TV reported Tuesday (http://bit.ly/oy3vMx) that shoe prints led searchers to 28-year-old Pamela Salant in a drainage on Lindsey Creek.

Salant was reported missing Sunday by her boyfriend, Aric Essig, after the two had separated while searching for a campsite near Bear Lake on Saturday.

Helicopter crews spotted Salant about 2 p.m. Tuesday wading in Lindsey Creek about a mile from Bear Lake, waving at searchers.

The Oregon Army National Guard arrived for the airlift mission around 3:30 p.m. and lowered a crewmember to the ground. Salant was pulled to safety by crew members just 15 minutes later. Crews were assessing her medical condition.

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Information from: KGW-TV, http://www.kgw.com/