Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Indie beat Coast Guard rescue for Navy Veteran

Navy vet survives 300-foot fall from Mount St. Helens
ABC 7 News
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
As a Navy vet, Fintel joked by saying, "Oh crap, I'm being saved by Coasties."

Brittany Fintel knows she cheated death after falling more than 300 feet while climbing Mount St. Helens.

The 32-year-old Omaha, Nebraska native and Navy veteran lost her footing while climbing the 8,663-foot volcano in Washington state.

"The first thing that hit the boulder was my hip," Fintel told KATU. "Then I flipped over that and hit my head, and then kept literally rolling down until I naturally stopped."

Fintel's German Shepherd, named Indie, was the first to reach her after the fall. She said Indie helped by laying beside her and comforting her.

A nurse and search and rescue volunteer who were nearby were able to radio for help. Five hours later, a Coast Guard helicopter arrived to airlift Fintel.
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