Vancouver woman rescued from Mount St. Helens

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian Breaking News Reporter and Patty Hastings, Columbian Social Services, Demographics, Faith



A Vancouver woman was airlifted off of Mount St. Helens this morning after falling into a snow cave late Wednesday night.

Alana McCammon, 28, was reportedly injured near Monitor Ridge, according to the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office. She was listed in satisfactory condition at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

Her father, Chuck McCammon, said that she had leg injuries, including a broken tibia, and frostnip on her toes, but will not need any surgery.

“Thank god she’s okay,” Chuck said. He describes Alana as the most outdoorsy among his three daughters.

Emergency personnel received a 911 call about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday from a call box on the Climbers’ Bivouac trailhead.

McCammon was accompanied by her boyfriend Kyle Knight, 25, of Petersburg, Alaska. They were both wearing down jackets and carrying plenty of survival gear, Chuck said.

Crews from North Country EMS, the Volcano Rescue Team and the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office took two and a half hours to reach McCammon, where she was stabilized.

At daylight, a helicopter air lifted McCammon from the mountainside to the command post where she was transported to the hospital.

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