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Hiking Accident 9/9/2011
A 29-year-old Miles McDonough of Seattle is recovering at Central Washington Hospital this morning after suffering a head laceration, a large cut to his leg, a broken shoulder and possible broken ribs after falling about 60 feet while climbing Wednesday afternoon.

Sgt. Kent Sisson with the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office reported that McDonough was taken off Mount Stuart by helicopter Thursday morning after falling about 60 feet while climbing Wednesday afternoon.

McDonough fell about 1 p.m., and his hiking partner, Matt Hoffman of Lynnwood, hiked out to find cell service. The RiverCom dispatch center got the call for help about 6 p.m. Wednesday evening.

McDonough, who had a sleeping bag and supplies, spent the night where he landed, at about the 8,800-foot level, Sisson said. A helicopter with a winch from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office brought him to Leavenworth about 8 a.m. yesterday.