Searches Continue for Missing Hiking Parties
October 2, 2013, 2:08 am
The search continues Wednesday morning at first light. Volunteer search and rescue crews are looking for two more missing hiking parties around Mt Adams.
Both parties are near Trout Lake, and both are hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.
Skamania Undersheriff Dave Cox says for most of the day Tuesday, they had three active searches. That was until a US Coast Guard helicopter rescued stranded hikers who were stuck in the snow, and out of food. You can see video of the rescue below.
“Adverse weather nearly prevented us from effecting this rescue,” said Lt. Leo Lake, aircraft commander for the case. “We safely recovered both survivors and the five exhausted rescue team members as a result of excellent interagency communication, sound operational risk analysis and crew resource management.”
23-year old Alejandrea Wilson was last seen Monday leaving Trout Lake, heading towards White Pass WA on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Meanwhile Kristopher Zitzewitz of Portland has been missing since Saturday afternoon. The 31-year old was last seen also near Trout Lake. Zitzewitz and his friend were exploring caves near the lava beds when they became separated.
“The efforts of all of our SAR volunteers over the past several days has been exemplary,” said Undersheriff Dave Cox in a press release. “We are also very grateful for the cooperation and professionalism of the US Coast Guard crew and the coordination efforts of the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and the Washington Department of Emergency Management in bringing Matt and Kyla home safely” Cox said.
According to Cox The search is based at Goose Lake Campground. The county has requested from Washington State Department of Emergency Management: 30-40 ground searchers, 6 4x4 vehicles, 6-12 4 wheel ATVs, and air support for Wednesdays search. Cox also said air support will be weather dependent."