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2 Airlifted After Avalanche on Oregon’s North Sister

May 24 2005 at 11:47 PM
roger  (Login dipper)

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The Oregonian reports the Oregon National Guard airlifted two climbers after an avalanche injured them on the North Sister.

Nancy Miller, 40, was critically injured in the fall. She and James Ellers, 36, were taken to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

Two Black Hawk helicopters took off about 3:30 p.m. from the Oregon Army Aviation Support Facility in Salem.
Each had a flight medic aboard, who was lowered onto the mountain and placed an injured hiker in a litter to be hoisted up. Fristad said they were flown to nearby Sisters, Miller arriving about 6:30 p.m. and Ellers 30 to 45 minutes later. Miller was taken by helicopter to the Bend hospital. Ellers was transported in an ambulance.

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