Submitted by Orcas Island Fire and Rescue.
Orcas Island Fire and Rescue had two periods Friday, Aug. 23 with overlapping emergencies. The first
two were cardiac calls. Both required treatment by EMS and transport by air to a local hospital. A third cardiac patient was also treated and transported — all before 5 p.m.
At 7:42 p.m., OIFR was dispatched to Moran State Park to coordinate a search for a 14-year-old runner who become separated from a group. The teen was on a supervised running event around Mountain Lake. It was determined that the runner took a turn onto Twin Lakes trail and then went to the Summit. The runner was found safe near the Summit at 8:19 p.m., seven minutes after sunset. In all, 17 OIFR responders participated in the search and rescue operation. Two state park rangers and a sheriff’s deputy also participated in the operation, which was coordinated by Lieutenant Rich Harvey of the OIFR Rescue Division.
“This was a simple search by comparison to many we have done,” Harvey said. “But just as gratifying to see our mission end with a person found safe, and with no injuries.”
During the search, OIFR also responded to a fire alarm at the Long House on Prune Alley. The alarm on the second floor was set off by cooking. There were no injuries.