Woman says no thanks to rescuers, hires helicopter to get her off Mt. St. Helens

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MT. ST. HELENS, Wa. (KPTV) — An injured Texas woman decided to pay for a private helicopter to get her, and her daughter, off Mt. St. Helens on Wednesday morning.

Nancy Allen contacted the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office at about 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

She told deputies that she and her 18-year-old daughter had climbed to the top of Mt. St. Helens and lost the trail on the way back down the mountain, deputies said.

She said she had fallen over a rocky outcropping and was unable to climb back to the trail, FOX 12 learned.

A Skamania County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue coordinator and the Volcano Rescue Team from Fire District 13 out of Yacolt responded to the call.

Although her injuries were not life-threatening, Allen was unable to walk. Rescuers started to bring her out on a stokes litter.

At about 5:20 Wednesday morning, she decided to…

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