(Entiat, WA) Sheriff Brian Burnett reports that at approximately 4:30pm on Wednesday, August 29th, Rivercom dispatch received a 911 cellular call from an employee of the Icicle Outfitters horseback guiding service. The subject advised that one of their customers had been thrown from a horse and had probably broken her shoulder. The patient, Linda Olin, a 71 year old female from Entiat was reported to have been in and out of consciousness since the fall.
The accident occurred around 2:30pm with the reporting party having to ride by horseback for two hours to obtain cellular service. The group was camped on the edge of Mad Lake in the Entiat Ranger District. A Sheriff’s Office helicopter crew, which was already in-service on an unrelated detail, was directed to the Fish Lake airstrip to pick up a medic from Cascade Ambulance and then proceeded to the scene. A MedStar air ambulance helicopter was dispatched out of Moses Lake and followed the Sheriff’s office aircraft to Mad Lake. Mrs. Olin was conscious upon arrival and thought she had broken her left arm when she was thrown from her horse. She was able to walk to the MedStar helicopter and was transported to CWH, arriving around 6:45pm.