SEATTLE, Wash. — Early Sunday morning, two hikers who were stranded on a cliff near Hoh Head in Olympic National Park were rescued by the Coast Guard.
According to the United States Coast Guard, Olympic National Park Rangers contacted the Coast Guard around midnight on Sunday, requesting air rescue assistance for two people, Tessa Allen and Reed Farber, both in their 20s, stranded about 60 feet high on a cliff’s ledge after climbing to retreat from rising tides.
The Coast Guard says that they sent out a rescue helicopter shortly later and quickly found the two stranded hikers thanks to a cellphone light from the cliffside.
Helicopter rescue crews say that they noticed that both Allen and Farber were about 150 feet from the water line and were packed close to one another on the ledge of a cliff.
Realizing that the situation was life-threatening, helicopter crews quickly took action to rescue both hikers.
“The time of day and location of the hikers made this, by far, the most difficult hoist of my career,” said Lt. Cmdr. Sammy Hill, the aircraft commander for the rescue.“This was also the first operational rescue for both our rescue swimmer and flight mechanic. Considering the dark and perilous conditions, they did a commendable job saving the lives of these two people in their unprecedented first rescue.”
The Coast Guard aircrew says that they hoisted the hikers from the ledge at about 2 a.m. and took them to Forks Airport where they were reported to be in good condition.