White Pass Helicopter Rescue

Search & Rescue Press Release



Incident Reported:  Ill Hiker


Incident Number:   14C11904


Date / Time:             7-30-14, @ 1550 Hrs.


Location:                   White Pass




Naches Fire was originally called to the area of Clear Lake to “check on a Teenager.” Upon their arrival they were directed up  Forest service road 540.  Once at the end of the road then were advised the Patient was another 2 mile hike in towards the “falls” near the summit of White Pass and her condition was getting worse. 


A Paramedic from AMR and 2 EMT’s from the Fire Dept. started hiking in.

A Helicopter was requested from Life Flight as well as the ‘Yakima Tech Rescue team” and Yakima County Search & Rescue.  


As the additional teams were arriving and started there hike in, the first team had made it in and began treating the patient. They requested a second helicopter that has hoist, as the patient was at the base of “Clear Creek Falls.”  


The request was approved from the State Emergency Operations Center, and “Guardian 2” A Helo from King County was Dispatched. The patient was extricated with their hoist, and flown to Harborview Hospital.


The Patient is a 16 year old female that resides on the west side.  She was on a hiking trip with her church group, when she became ill.

Her parents were notified, and enroute to meet up with her at the hospital.

Her condition was considered serious enough that the medics determined she need to go directly to Harborview.