Texas Woman Injured On Mountain Hires Copter To Speed Rescue

Mount St. Helens (NPS photo/file)

STEVENSON, Wash. (July 24, 2013)—Nancy Allen, 48, of Katy, paid for a private helicopter to speed her rescue after she was injured on Mount St. Helens in Washington State, the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office said.

Allen and her 18-year-old daughter climbed to the summit of the volcano Tuesday, but lost the trail on the way down.

She reported that she fell and was unable to walk.

A sheriff's search and rescue coordinator and the Volcano Rescue Team from Fire District 13 out of Yacolt, Wash., responded and started to carry her out on a stretcher called a Stokes litter, the sheriff’s office said.

At 5:20 a.m. Wednesday Allen decided to hire the helicopter, which arrived at 6:30 a.m. to fly her and her daughter off the mountain, the sheriff’s office said.