After crashing her vehicle down an embankment, a woman was trapped for days, Washington officials say.
The woman was found injured in her “wrecked vehicle” after about four days in the steep bank on Blewett Pass in the Wenatchee Mountains on Nov. 23, the Wenatchee Valley Firefighters Local 453 said in a Facebook post.
The 68-year-old woman from Spokane Valley went missing after leaving a friend’s home, according to NCW Life. Her vehicle was seen by a plow truck driver, the news outlet reported.
A missing person’s flier for the woman advised that she might have “made a wrong turn,” and had stopped answering messages and phone calls, which was “out of character for her.”
Several local agencies, fire departments and rescue teams assisted in the rescue, the Wenatchee Valley Firefighters Facebook post said.
Chelan Fire and Rescue said on Facebook that multiple agencies “mobilized to successfully extricate the patient from a car down a steep embankment and then use a rope system to raise the patient back up to the awaiting ambulance.”
“It was snow-covered up. It was fairly simple to get to her. It was just getting her out of the vehicle, onto a backboard and up the slope,” Chelan County Fire District 6 Chief Phil Mosher told the Wenatchee World. “We rigged up a system and had to cut off the top of the car to get to her. She was conscious and fairly alert for being there for 3-4 days.”
The extent of the woman’s injuries is unclear.
“We’re happy for the successful operation and hope for a speedy recovery for the patient,” Wenatchee Valley Firefighters said in the post.
Wenatchee is located in north-central Washington and is west of the Columbia River.