Issaquah hiker rescued

September 8, 2009

By Michael Bayless Rowe

A 20-year-old Issaquah woman was rescued from Mount Si after suffering a back injury caused by her overeager hiking companion — her dog.The woman was hiking with her dog and a friend Sept. 1. The dog pulled hard on its leash, which caused the woman to have a painful back spasm. She was in so much pain that she was unable to walk.

King County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue was notified about the emergency at about 5 p.m. The two women were able to call 911 from the mountain using a cell phone.

The sheriff’s office’s Guardian 2 helicopter responded to perform a hoist rescue, but a low cloud over the mountain forced the helicopter to abort the mission.

Ground teams traveled up the mountain on Tenerife Road and hiked across the connector trail to find the injured woman. The search and rescue team carried her back to where their vehicles were parked on Tenerife Road and drove her down the mountain.

She was then transported by ambulance to Overlake Hospital.

Michael Bayless Rowe: 392-6434, ext. 248, or mrowe@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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