3 hikers rescued in Denali National Park
Three Alaska Air National Guard rescue squadrons are celebrating a successful rescue in Denali National Park.
Balinda Dresel, spokesperson for the Alaska National Guard, says the mission was launched Monday after a personal locator beacon was initialized.
"An HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter from the 210th Rescue Squadron and an HC-130J Combat King II from the 211th Rescue Squadron were launched from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson," Dresel said. "Aboard the helicopter was a Guardian Angel team from the 212th Rescue Squadron."
A Guardian Angel Team is made up of highly trained medical personnel and pararescuemen, along with a combat rescue officer, who both specialize in conducting high-risk rescue missions.
The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center tasked the Air Guardsman with the rescue, prompting the helicopter crew to fly to the location of the hikers, rescue them and return them to JBER.
"The HC-130 air-to-air refueled the HH-60G multiple times during the mission," Dresel said.
Each of the rescue squadrons were awarded three saves for the successful completion of the mission.
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