Kittitas County deputies rescue trapped hikers in Teanaway area

KITTITAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE -- Sheriff's Rescue Teams responded to the upper Middle Fork of the Teanaway yesterday for 3 hikers who became trapped by rushing waters following a multi-day hike on the Elbow Peak Loop.

37 year old Sarah Brandon of Sulton Washington was hiking with 40 year old Lisa Adnerson and Anderson's 15 year old niece. They had left Sunday and were supposed to be out by Wednesday evening at the latest. The three subjects had not planned on the creek being as high as it was and had tried to come out the remaining leg of their multi-day loop. Eventually a cliff prevented them from traveling downstream and the water was too swift to cross. They waited overnight on Wednesday night to see if the water would drop so that they could cross, but it didn't. They activated their spot device at this point because the only way out for them would have been a multiday hike back out and their supplies would not have sustained this. In addition, the 15 yoa female had taken a nasty fall and had injuries to her back. Backcountry SAR members and the Sheriff's Swiftwater Rescue Team set ropes across the creak and ferried all three subjects and well as their two dogs, across the river. All SAR personnel and the subjects were out around 2215 hours.

"These individuals made the right decision, staying put and calling for help. The two adults were very experienced in the backcountry and had excellent gear and equipment."