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Hiker airlifted to Medford after overnight rescue

A Williams area hiker is receiving medical attention in Medford following a rescue on Grayback Mountain.

The 42-year-old woman was injured early Monday evening while hiking with a male companion on Grayback Mountain, according to a Josephine County Sheriff’s Office release. The companion called 911 for help at 5:50 p.m.

Josephine County Search and Rescue volunteers searched for the hikers on foot using the route the hikers described to 911 dispatchers, but rescuers were unable to reach them on foot because of the darkness and extreme weather conditions on the mountain.

Airlifting the woman off the mountain was not an option because of the dark, treacherous conditions, according to the sheriff’s office. Instead, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter dropped off a paramedic with supplies for the injured woman and her male companion to get them through the night.

Difficult weather conditions persisted Tuesday morning, according to the sheriff’s office, and an Oregon National Guard helicopter made “several” attempts that morning before rescuers were able to airlift the injured woman, her companion and the paramedic.

Details about the injured hiker’s identity and the extent of her injuries were not available as of Tuesday afternoon. The sheriff’s office states that the woman was airlifted to Medford to be “evaluated for the level of injuries sustained.”

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