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Hikers stranded overnight rescued near Valdez

By Associated Press 2:07 PM July 18, 2014
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) –

Members of the Alaska Air National Guard have rescued five hikers stranded overnight on a cliff near Valdez.

Sgt. Edward Eagerton says there were no reported injuries.

The hikers became stranded on the steep terrain Wednesday. They contacted the Valdez Fire Department, which sent out four climbers, who couldn’t reach the hikers right away because of the terrain and wet conditions.

A civilian helicopter crew tried to help, but couldn’t reach the hikers. The crew dropped food and clothing, however.

The Guard went out in a helicopter and another aircraft Thursday morning after Alaska State Troopers contacted the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center.

By the time they arrived, two of the fire department climbers had reached the hikers. The firefighters guided the helicopter crew to a landing spot.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 

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