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Couple's Hike Extended For Hours After Being Approached By Three Men

Beau Ramsey and his girlfriend Annie Jensen, a Marysville, Washington couple decided to take a hike up Mount Pilchuck. As they were heading back down, they were stopped by three men on the trail. They were then stuck in the snow and wilderness for four tiring hours afterward. That day turned into one they would never forget.

After taking in the gorgeous views from the Cascade Mountains, they decided to head home for the day. After being approached by three men, they realized they weren't going home anytime soon. Beau remembered, "We went up on Saturday during the day. It was a nice day. We spent almost all the day just on our own up there."

The three men told them that they needed help for an injured hiker about 500 feet down from the top of the mountain.

Annie said, "They just said there was a man trapped at the top. They tried to give him as much assistance as they could. But they didn’t have much. They weren’t very well equipped." Beau continued, "We told the guys ‘Make sure to call 9-1-1. We’re gonna go up with this guy and we’re gonna find him. We’re gonna stay until someone shows up.'"

The 59-year-old Everett man fell during a hike near the top of Mt. Pilchuck. While on the main trail, he slipped on snow, falling roughly 50 feet down a steep slope, landing in a tree well about 5 to 6 feet deep with a broken right leg.

By the time Beau and Annie reached him, he was shivering and in intense pain. Beau shared, "He couldn’t move. He was in a standing position. His feet were actually buried in the snow. So, when we showed up he had exposed snow on his skin. We just said, ‘We’re Beau and Annie. We’re here to help ya. People are making calls to 9-1-1 right now, but we’re going to stay with ya.'"

Beau went on to say, "We knew it would be awhile before help came." Beau and Annie kept their word. They gave the man warm coffee and wrapped him in a sleeping bag they found nearby. They were eventually able to call 9-1-1 using Annie's cell phone.

They called dispatchers every 15 minutes with updates. After four arduous hours, help arrived. Beau recalled, "I said to Annie and to the hiker I said, ‘That might be the chopper. They might be sending the chopper.' I said, ‘I can hear it coming. I can’t see it. It’s a long ways away."

A helicopter was there with search and rescue crews. Annie said, "It was just an amazing experience seeing him go away like that. Being lifted into the helicopter. It was very surreal."

The man was loaded onto a basket and lifted into the helicopter. He was then flown to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett. The couple also shared that the injured man was an experienced hiker and had all the necessary equipment with him.

The couple finally headed down the mountain around 2 a.m. on Sunday. They ended it by stopping for a meal and taking in the Northern Lights. Beau added, "Yeah, it was quite an evening. Definitely God’s hands was in it."

Photo: Herald Net

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