Volcano Rescue teams respond to hikers

By Andy Matarrese, Columbian Breaking News Reporter

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It was a busy weekend on Mount St. Helens and elsewhere for the Volcano Rescue team, which responded to multiple incidents of weekend explorers.

On Saturday, a member of the team was hiking with family on Silverstar Mountain southeast of Battle Ground when they happened upon a woman with an ankle injury, according to the organization.

A team was brought together to hike to her and bring her back to the trailhead.

In another mission for the team Sunday, a runner competing in a race around the mountain — the Bigfoot 40 Mile — went down with dehydration at mile 35.

A second team helped the man get hydrated with intravenous fluids, and he was able to walk out on his own.

On Friday, evening, search crews helped an injured man and a group of lost climbers near Mt. St. Helens Saturday evening, according to the Volcano Rescue Team.

In the first incident, the Volcano Rescue Team and North Country EMS went to aid an injured man along Clear Creek, southeast of Mt. St. Helens.

They loaded the patient onto a litter and wheeled him about a half-mile downstream, where he was put in an ambulance bound for a hospital.

In another call, a group of climbers got lost while trying to descend the mountain. One of them called 911, and a rescue team member contacted them via phone.

Using GPS coordinates from the caller’s phone, the team member guided the lost group to the nearest trail. From there they could continue their descent and walk out unassisted, the organization said.