NAS Whidbey team rescues skier with broken ankle off Mount Baker

NAS Whidbey team rescues skier with broken ankle off Mount Baker

 Mount Baker; Grant Peak (left center); Colfax Peak (center); Lincoln Peak (in cloud); Seward Peak (right)

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NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. — A search and rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island rescued an injured skier on Mount Baker Monday.

The team was called at about 2:15 p.m. for a report of a 21-year-old man who had broken his ankle while skiing near "Roman Wall" on the west side of Mount Baker at about 10,000 feet.

When the search and rescue chopper arrived, its crew spotted several skiers pointing to the location of the injured skier.  The man was hoisted aboard and taken to Peace Health St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham by about 4 p.m.

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So far this year, NAS Whidbey’s search and rescue team has conducted fifteen total missions throughout the state, including four searches, four rescues and seven medical evacuations.

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