Firefighters rescue hiker near Dungeness lighthouse

SEQUIM — Clallam County Fire District 3 crews rescued a man with an ankle injury near the Dungeness Spit lighthouse.

Crews deployed the fire district’s marine unit Saturday night from the Dungeness Landing County Park after they were dispatched about 7:50 p.m.

The reporting party said the hiker was about 4 1/2 miles out on the Dungeness spit and not able to return to the Dungeness Recreation Area.

Firefighters determined they wouldn’t be able to make the trip with the district’s utility task vehicle with the incoming tide, so they used the marine unit instead.

Once crews reached the man, they assessed his injury and transported the man along with his significant other back to the boat launch. He is expected to make a full recovery, according to a press release from the fire district.

The fire district covers 194 square miles, which includes more than 51 miles of coastline from Deer Park to the Gardiner boat launch.

“We can deploy our IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) from multiple preplanned locations to make quick contact in a variety of water-related emergency situations,” Battalion Chief Chris Turner said in the press release.

“The Dungeness Lighthouse Trail is a popular destination for many visitors,” he said. “The rocky slope combined with distance and constant changing conditions is something to be mindful of. Follow your general hiking safety tips to avoid any mishaps on the trail.”

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