Hiker rescued after being trapped under

Local officials said a 28-year-old Montana man was rescued earlier this week after he was trapped under a “refrigerator”-sized boulder while hiking in Washington. After an hour-long rescue operation, the man was taken to a hospital, where he was expected to recover.

According to a statement from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, the incident began around 9:30 a.m. local time on Monday, when the man’s hiking companion called officers to say that his friend’s wrists and legs were pinned to a cliff. Were. It is not clear how the man, identified as Ben Delhunty, got trapped.

Delahunty was “several hours” from the trailhead and was trapped in an area that could only be reached safely with ropes, which the sheriff’s office said made the rescue particularly complicated. But using “air bladders”—extra-strong bags that can be inflated to lift objects—officers freed Delahunty at around 2:50 a.m.

On Monday afternoon, CCMR members helped rescue a 28-year-old male near Vivian Lake after a call…

Posted by Chelan County Mountain Rescue on Wednesday, October 12, 2022

The rescuers were then faced with another problem: due to a strong wind, the first attempt to get Delahanty off the mark was unsuccessful. But by 4:45 a.m., the sheriff’s office said, the weather had calmed down enough that he could be taken to a local hospital. Rescuers at the scene then went home, returning to the trailhead around 11:00

A consortium of firefighters in the Wenatchee Valley posted video of the operation, which showed rescuers being thrashed by the winds as a man was hoisted into the air by a helicopter.

Here’s a quick look at yesterday’s rescue in your enchantment from Wenatchee Valley Firefighters NewsRadio 560 KPQ NCWLIFE Wenatchee World iFIBER ONE News.

Posted by Wenatchee Valley Firefighters, local 453 on Tuesday, October 11, 2022

The sheriff’s office said Delhunty suffered “significant injuries to his leg” but is expected to recover.

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