Press Release


Hiker Recued from Pacific Crest Trail

Kittitas County, WA - 09/08/2017 - On Wednesday evening 9/6/17 at around 6:40 PM, Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to check on an activation of a Personal Locator Beacon in the area of the Pacific Crest Trail near Waptus Lake, about 25 miles northwest of Cle Elum in the remote backcountry. The beacon was registered to 73 year old Robert Davis of Tennessee. No other information was provided or available.

On Thursday morning 9/7/17 at around 8:15 hours, Kittcom received limited information from a cell caller about an injured hiker, which was later determined to be Davis. Kittitas County Search and Rescue horse and ground teams, with assistance from Kittitas County Fire District 6 and a Forest Service hand crew, were activated and sent in to assist the patient, who was suffering from a medical emergency. Helicopters were not able to fly into the area due to the thick dense smoke caused by the Jolly Mountain Fire burning near Cle Elum.

The crews reached Davis on Thursday night at around 8:30 PM. The patient was extricated by the KCSR horse teams and was transferred to an ambulance near the Pete Lake Trailhead at around 2:30 AM  on Friday morning 9/8/2017.

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Contact: Sheriff Dana 509-962-7615