CASTLE ROCK, Wash (KOIN) – A Texas mother and her daughter returned home after being rescued off Mount Saint Helens after they were in a climbing accident.
Nancy Allen and daughter Sara had spent a part of their Northwest vacation climbing Mount Saint Helens. On Tuesday night Nancy slid on loose rock and tumbled 20 feet down the side of the mountain coming to rest in a precarious spot around the 6,000-foot level on the mountain.
"If I moved a little bit I was afraid I was going to continue sliding down the glacier. So I was kind of stuck," Nancy Allen told KOIN 6 News. "I couldn't get out of the wind. I was just kind of stuck."
They were eventually able to call 911. They had been on the glacier for 33 hours when North County Volcano Rescuer Serge Avramenko found them. The women were cold and wet and Nancy was showing signs of hypothermia.
"It's so hard to put into words because we really thought we were going to die. I have three other children at home. So, like when we saw him it's like OK, we are going to be alright."
The remainder of the rescue team joined them. Faced with a seven-hour hike back down to the parking lot and two exhausted woman, rescuers discussed the options. Nancy overheard a helicopter as one of the options.
"When I heard the word helicopter, I said if that is an option I'll pay for it," she said. "I really don't care how much it costs. I'll pay for it."
The rescuers made the call and $1300 later Nancy, daughter Sara, and every member of the rescue team were taken by helicopter back to the parking lot.
What began as quality mother-daughter time became an adventure they will always remember.
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