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NAS Whidbey Island team rescues people stranded in Olympic Mountains

NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. — A five-member team from the Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island rescued a small group of people who were trapped on sandbar near the High Steel Bridge in the Olympic Mountains.

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 in the Skokomish River.

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 onboard in 20 minutes and brought them to safety.

160625-N-DC740-177 OAK HARBOR, Wash. (June 25, 2016) Naval Air Station Whidbey Island's Search and Rescue team perform a demonstration during the base open house. The open house provides the general public an opportunity to interact with Sailors and learn more about NASWI's role both in the community and the Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington/Released)
160625-N-DC740-177 OAK HARBOR, Wash. (June 25, 2016) Naval Air Station Whidbey Island's Search and Rescue team perform a demonstration during the base open house. The open house provides the general public an opportunity to interact with Sailors and learn more about NASWI's role both in the community and the Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington/Released)

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island's Search and Rescue team perform a demonstration on June 25, 2016, during the base open house.

Photo Credit: MC2 John Hetherington/Navy

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