Helmet-cam video shows rescue, airlift of injured hiker near Oso


OSO, Wash. - Video from a search and rescue member’s helmet camera shows the rescue and airlift of a hiker injured near Oso Monday.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office helicopter and search and rescue teams rescued the back country hiker from the Boulder River trail after the woman was hurt on Sunday and was waiting with companions about 3 miles up the trail in heavy timber and steep terrain. 

The search and rescue teams and crews from the Oso and Darrington fire departments responded on the ground to the location and waited with the injured woman.

At around 8 a.m. Monday, the rescue helicopter SnoHawk 10 airlifted the victim and an attendant, using a short-haul system in which they dangled from the helicopter, from the trail to a field near Highway 530.  The victim was then loaded into the helicopter and transported to Providence Hospital in Everett.