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Woman Rescued on Mount St. Helens

July 29, 1999

YACOLT, Wash. (AP) _ Rescue crews battled blowing volcanic ash as they were lowered from a helicopter Wednesday to reach a woman who fell 20 feet into a crevasse near the summit of Mount St. Helens.

The 29-year-old woman was hiking with a group when she fell into the crevasse and apparently hurt her back, said paramedic Mike Hollingsworth of North Country Emergency Medical Services in Yacolt.

An Air Force Reserves helicopter from Portland, Ore., arrived but could not land because of thick, blowing ash left from the mountain’s eruption on May 18, 1980.

The woman, who was about 6,800 feet up the 8,366-foot volcano, was hoisted about 60 feet through the air into the helicopter at about 4 p.m.

She was taken to a hospital and in serious condition, although her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, Hollingsworth said. Her identity was not immediately available.

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