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Father, son rescued by helicopter near Mount St. Helens

A man and his 11-year-old son had to be rescued near Mount St. Helens Monday morning. (Photo: NAS Whidbey Island)

A man and his 11-year-old son had to be rescued off of steep terrain near Mount St. Helens Monday morning.

A search and rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island plucked the pair from Elk Rock after a ground party failed to quickly transport them.

The boy and his father, who were hunting in the area, were suffering from hypothermia and were in need of medical assistance.

According to the Helicopter Aircraft Commander Lt. Cmdr. David Waner, the SAR crew landed the MH-60S helicopter in a river bed.

“We used great crew resource management to keep the mission on track,” said Waner. “Thanks to the SAR ground team for preparing them for transportation and the Cowlitz Sheriff and Dispatch.”

The pair was flown to Providence Centralia Hospital.

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