Woman who paid for private helicopter rescue said it was 'no-brainer'

Woman who paid for private helicopter rescue said it was 'no-brainer'
Mount St. Helens

Nancy Allen wants to clear up some misconceptions.

After news broke last week that she called in a private helicopter to whisk her from Mount St. Helens instead of relying on a search-and-rescue crew, the Internet had a field day with the story.

The Daily Mail's headline read: “Rich Texas woman hires private helicopter to get her off 8,000-foot mountain after deciding rescuers lugging her down stretcher are ‘too slow.’”

The New York Daily News took a similar angle when they reported that an “injured Mount St. Helens hiker fed up with rescue pace hires chopper.”

That’s simply not true, the 48-year-old Texas woman told a Houston ABC-affiliate station. Allen told reporters she was worried about her health and thought a $1,300 helicopter bill was worth it. She had taken a hard fall, injured her ankle and was scraped and sore.

“I said, ‘I don’t have seven hours in me. I really don’t,” she told KTRK. “This is a no-brainer: $1,300.”

Allen of Katy, Texas, had climbed the summit with her 18-year-old daughter, but lost the trail on the way down and had fallen. The Volcano Rescue Team from Fire District 13 in Yacolt, Wash., had responded and started carrying her out on a stretcher before she called for the helicopter.

Allen told KTRK she was grateful to the rescuers for assisting her and giving her the option to fly on a helicopter down the mountain.