Climber injured on Mt. Stuart

Climber injured on Mt. Stuart
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A Lake Oswego man was injured Wednesday while climbing the southwest side of Mount Stuart, about 15 miles southwest of Leavenworth.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office says 34-year-old Michael Getlin was injured when a loose rock fell on his foot, resulting in a severe fracture.

At approximately 8:40 a.m., RIVERCOM dispatch center received a 911 call from Getlin’s wife. She told officers they were attempting to climb Mount Stuart via the “Alpine Ridge Route” when a large rock came loose and landed on her husband’s foot. She advised that his foot was severely fractured and he was unable to walk.

Due to the severity of the injury and the location of the mountain, a hoist capable helicopter was requested through Washington State Emergency Management.

A rescue helicopter from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island responded to the scene and at 11:52 a.m. the crew successfully hoisted both subjects off the mountain.

The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.