Coast Guard rescues injured hiker after fall

LA PUSH — The Coast Guard medevaced an injured hiker from the beach between Taylor Point and Scotts Bluff on the west coast of Olympic National Park.

The 21-year-old male had reportedly fallen from a nearby cliff Tuesday evening, leaving him unable to walk and stranded overnight.

The injured hiker was hoisted from the beach at about noon Wednesday and was transported to waiting emergency medical personnel at Olympic Medical Center.

He was alert and in stable condition, said the Coast Guard, which did not identify him.

The man was reportedly discovered by a passing group of people who sighted him on the beach and notifed Olympic National Park rangers, who in turn contacted the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

The center asked the Coast Guard for assistance at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

An Air Station Port Angeles MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew arrived at the beach at about 10:45 a.m.

The Coast Guard urges mariners, hikers and anyone venturing to remote areas to have reliable means of communication to reach first responders.

Additionally, the Coast Guard urges hikers to tell a friend, family member or local authorities of their plans and estimated time of return.

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