Injured hiker rescued from Cape Johnson

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard rescued an injured hiker from the beach near Cape Johnson in Olympic National Park.

At 1:50 p.m. Monday, Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound watchstanders received a call from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center relaying park rangers’ request for assistance in rescuing a 73-year-old man with an apparent leg injury from the cape northwest of Hole in the Wall near Rialto Beach.

Park rangers were notified of the injury by the man’s son who had to hike to an elevated location along a nearby road to call for help using a cell phone.

A Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew diverted from training operations at 2:15 p.m. The aircrew refueled at Air Station Port Angeles before departing at 2:53 p.m. en route to the Cape Johnson vicinity.

The aircrew arrived on scene at 3:18 p.m. and successfully hoisted the injured hiker.

He was transported to awaiting emergency medical personnel at Air Station Port Angeles.

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