Kittitas County Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Two Rescued from Ingalls Peak / Mt. Stuart area.
Kittitas County, WA - 06/18/2012 - Back Country Rescue Teams from three counties responded to 2 separate rescues in the Mt. Stuart area over the weekend. A 52 year old female was injured on the South-West Slope of Mt. Stuart and a 24 year old man was injured on the South side of Ingalls Peak.
The first rescue call came in about 5:00 PM on Saturday involving 52 year old Natalia Manko of Tacoma. Manko was descending as part of a 8 person group when she fell, injuring her arm, ribs and thigh. A Hasty-Team from Kittitas County reached Manko in the early morning hours and evaluated her as a priority rescue, requesting air-lift.
The second call came in about 10:30 PM involving 24 year old Andy Campbell of Seattle. Andy and his climbing partner had just finished a repel leg off Ingalls Peak when he fell, fracturing his pelvis. His partner was able to set anchors and lower him to a level area, nearly a 1,000 feet below the point of the fall. Mountain Rescue from Chelan County reached Campbell in the early morning hours, also requesting air lift.
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office rescue helicopter, which has hoist capabilities, finally caught a break in the weather around 1,100 in the morning and was able to hoist up Manko and transport her to Leavenworth for treatment. After dropping Manko off, the helicopter was also able to get in through the poor weather again, pick up Campbell and transport him into Wenatchee for treatment.
'Both parties are experienced climbers who were fortunate there were small breaks in the weather in the morning. Hats off again to the all of the men and women who put their own safety at risk as volunteers in the field of Search and Rescue.'
Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us
Contact (media only): Clayton Myers,