Woman 'impaled' by arrow on Cooper Landing trail
An Anchorage woman who was wounded by an arrow on a trail Thursday prompted an hours-long rescue, as Alaska State Troopers and volunteers responded to help her.
Word of 59-year-old Janis Bronson’s injuries on the Lower Russian Lakes Trail reached troopers just after 3 p.m. Thursday, troopers wrote in an online dispatch.
"She was walking through tall grass and apparently the arrow was tip up," troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said in an email. "She did not see the arrow and walked/fell into it."
A Facebook post from troopers on the rescue Friday afternoon said troopers hiked more than 90 minutes to reach the scene, roughly four to six miles from the trailhead, where they and a U.S. Forest Service employee provided first aid.
In a photo accompanying the post, responders are seen treating Bronson for the arrow wound with the weapon penetrating one of her upper legs.
“Volunteers from Moose Pass Fire and Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and stabilized the arrow before moving Janis,” troopers wrote. “Ultimately the 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons from [Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Rescue Coordination Center] responded and hoisted Janis aboard a National Guard helicopter and transported her to Anchorage for treatment of her injury.”
According to the Alaska Air National Guard, the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter crew flew Bronson to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. Providence staff said she was listed in fair condition Friday evening.
Heather Hintze contributed information to this story.
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