Injured hikers found in Lewis County

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on August 15, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 15 at 1:48 PM

Search teams rescued a couple stranded in the woods of Lewis County Wednesday, injured and unable to hike out.

The husband and wife were hurt Tuesday when they slipped and fell 60-feet while hiking a snow field in the area of Hart Lake and Goat Rocks.

They used a satellite phone to call to authorities, requesting help and medical attention.

Without GPS coordinates, a search on the ground Tuesday was unable to find the pair.

A plane was deployed Wednesday, spotting the couple waving an orange sleeping bag.

They were equipped with enough food and supplies for a four-day hike. The couple is from Oklahoma and were only a few hours into their hike when the accident occurred.

The male hiker, 62, fell down the snow field first, hitting his head on rocks. His wife, 58, fell trying to help him and received cuts to her leg, face and arms.

They were hoisted to safety by a King County Sheriff's Office helicopter.

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