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Two hikers rescued after icy slip on Cape Horn Trail

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WASHOUGAL, WA (KPTV) -

Two men were treated at the Southwest Washington Medical Center after falling off the Cape Horn trail in Washougal, WA.

James Van Lente, 75, of Wilsonville, and Martin Schwartz, 68, of Portland, were hiking in a group of 11 people on Wednesday afternoon, the Skamania County Sheriff's Office confirmed. They came across an icy part of the trail when Van Lente slipped over the edge, about 20 to 30 feet down.

Schwartz slipped on the ice when he tried to rescue Van Lente. He is reported to have fallen past his fellow hiker, approximately 150 feet down.

Van Lente freed himself to get back onto the trail where a Skamania County deputy picked him up on Cape Horn Road.

Skamania County emergency medical services personnel safely recovered Schwartz using a high-angle ropes system to the trail.

The severity of both hikers' injuries are unknown. Van Lente was treated and released while Schwartz was last listed in satisfactory condition.

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