Search team locates 16-year-old near Mount Adams summit
MOUNT ADAMS, Wash. - A 16-year-old is safe after he was missing for hours while trying to summit Mount Adams.
A Yakima search team known as the Yakima Dustoff team rescued the teen around 10:00 p.m., Wednesday.
Reports from the Yakima County Sheriff's Office (YCSO) said the boy and a friend were hiking alone after the boy's mother turned back as she was feeling sick while hiking up Pikers Peak.
The three had been hiking since early Wednesday morning, reports said.
The teen and his friend continued to hike and were last seen around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. The mother's cell phone died, but she was able to stop another climber with a phone to report the missing juveniles to YCSO around 4 p.m.
Deputies and additional rescue teams arrived at Mount Adams to search for the two. Reports said his friend turned back due to altitude sickness and informed officials that the teen was trying to reach the summit when he saw him last.
A helicopter was called to search for the boy who had gone without food or water and could have been experiencing several medical issues.
The Yakima Dustoff team located the boy from the helicopter that night. Medics rushed the boy to Yakima Memorial Hospital when they discovered his temperature was 93.7, and hypothermia was beginning.
Reports said the boy was warmed at the hospital and reunited with his mother and friend.