Woman Rescued After Hiking Accident

Woman rescued after leaving trail during hike last night:  Below is a release from the Kittitas County Sheriff's Dept:

Last night ( 7/2/13) at about 9 PM, Sheriff’s Deputies along with EMS and numerous civilian ground crews searched the Manastash Ridge area along the Westberg Trail after 19 year old Ellensburg resident, Melanie Swanson, was reported missing by her fellow hikers.


It was reported Swanson left the hiking trail after her dog ran off. Rescuers were able to eventually locate Swanson who had apparently fallen down a steep embankment, and was in and out of consciousness.   Ground crews along with EMS, packed out Swanson from the location. She was transported via ambulance to KVH for receive medical treatment.