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Two climbers safely rescued from Dragontail Peak via helicopter

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Dragontail Peak. (Photo courtesy of Washington Trails Association)

Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett reported that two climbers were rescued on Friday, September 1 on Dragontail Peak approximately 11 miles southwest of Leavenworth.

On Thursday afternoon, 50-year-old James Templeton of Seattle and 28-year-old Petr Praus of Seattle were attempting to climb Dragontail Peak via the “Serpentine Arete” route. The climbers got off route and reached a spot where they couldn’t climb any higher and were unable to descend safely and activated their emergency beacons.

At 8:38 p.m. on Thursday, Rivercom dispatch center received a call from the Washington State Emergency Operations Center advising that two emergency beacons had been activated near Aasgard Pass. A Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue coordinator requested a hoist capable helicopter through Washington State Emergency Management, but none were available.

On Friday morning at 5:45 a.m., a Chelan County Sheriff’s Office helicopter (AIR30) responded to the area and located the climbers on a small ledge approximately 100 feet below the summit of Dragontail Peak. AIR 30 inserted a Chelan County deputy, two members of Chelan County Mountain Rescue, and a medic from Lake Chelan Community Hospital into the area.

At approximately 8:30 a.m. the rescuers were able to reach the climbers, who were not injured, and guide them safely off the mountain.

(Submitted by Rich Magnussen, CCSO)

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