Injured hiker stranded overnight with rescuer

Woman hurt her head and leg on Illinois River Trail south of Agness

A woman who injured her head and leg was rescued via Coast Guard helicopter the next morning, Sunday, September 18, 2016. (Coast Guard)
A woman who injured her head and leg was rescued via Coast Guard helicopter the next morning, Sunday, September 18, 2016. (Coast Guard)

AGNESS, Ore. (KOIN) — A hiker who injured her head and leg Saturday was stranded overnight until a Coast Guard helicopter reached her in the morning, officials said.

Members of the Coast Guard in North Bend were initially called to help the woman near the Illinois River Trail south of Agness around 5:10 p.m. Saturday.

She reportedly injured her head and leg, and rescue workers determined airlifting her would be the safest way to get her out, the Coast Guard said in a press release.

A Coast Guard helicopter launched around 8 p.m. Saturday, but due to low visibility and rough terrain it wasn’t able to reach the injured hiker. A search and rescue worker familiar with the area stayed with her overnight and treated her wounds.

The Coast Guard’s MH-65 Dolphin helicopter relaunched at 10:30 a.m. Sunday and reached the injured hiker about an hour later. She was taken to Asante Three River Medical Center. Officials said she was recently listed in stable condition.

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