Body of hiker flown by helicopter identified
LEAVENWORTH, Wash. (AP) — The body of a hiker flown by helicopter out of the Buck Mountain area, north of Lake Wenatchee has been identified.
Chelan County Coroner Wayne Harris says 43 year old James E. Rothwell of Seattle died Saturday. An autopsy was planned for Tuesday.
Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett says they received a report of an emergency beacon at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday and sent a rescue team to the area.
Burnett says they located three hikers at about 6,750 feet (2,057 meters) in elevation and one of them was lying down, wrapped in an emergency blanket.
Since there was no place to land, the sheriff’s office sought help from other agencies.
A Navy crew arrived at about 12:40 a.m. Sunday and hoisted Rothwell’s body.
Two other hikers planned to hike out at daylight.