A five-member team from the Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island rescued four people who were trapped on sandbar in the Skokomish River in the Olympic National Park.
The search and rescue team was called Thursday night to help the Mason County Sheriff’s Department save four people who were trapped on a sandbar near the landmark High Steel Bridge.
The helicopter team made it through a steep, narrow canyon and arrived at the site of the stranded people at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Several airmen rappelled down to evaluate the people for injuries. Since no one was hurt, the team began a hoist pickup.
The terrain and high trees made the recovery difficult, but the team had everyone on board in 20 minutes and brought them to safety.
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The High Steel Bridge is a truss arch bridge that spans the South Fork of the Skykomish River about 20 miles west of Potlatch on Hood Canal. It was built in 1929 as part of a logging railroad.