Search for hiker in Olympic National Park
Saturday, May 12, 2012
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) -- Olympic National Park officials say they have found the overdue hiker in Olympic National Park.
Fifty-five-year-old David Snider has been hoisted from a drainage near the Irely Lake Loop trail by a King County Sheriff's Rescue Helicopter.
Park officials say he was dehydrated, slightly hypothermic and tired, but otherwise appeared in good condition.
Snider was taken to a local hospital for a more thorough examination.
The hiker from Union, Wash., was reported overdue on Wednesday morning when he failed to return to work after a planned day hike on the Irely Lake loop trail. He was rescued on Saturday morning.
Snider told park officials he became trapped Wednesday when he tried to loop back to the trailhead via a shortcut. Deep snow on the ridges and steep terrain in the drainage trapped him near the creek.