Climber dies in 500-foot fall near Eklutna Lake
One man fell to his death and a second was injured Wednesday in separate incidents near Eklutna Lake, according to Alaska State Troopers.
The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center relayed word to troopers Wednesday of the Goat Mountain fall that killed 25-year-old New Mexico resident Daniel Dresher, according to an online dispatch. His climbing partner “was descending down to the fallen climber when phone contact was lost.”
An Alaska Air National Guard HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter was sent to the scene, where pararescuemen were able to reach Dresher and the climbing partner.
“[Dresher] had fallen approximately 500 feet and was deceased,” troopers wrote. “The medical examiner’s office was contacted and gave permission to remove the body from the location.”
Both were flown to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage. Dresher’s next of kin have been notified.
In a second Wednesday call from the mountain, troopers were informed that Wasilla skier 34-year-old Russell Johanson was injured near the peak's 2,800-foot level. A Pave Hawk crew was able to rescue him; he was taken to an area hospital for treatment of an injury that was not life-threatening.
Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said Thursday afternoon that the rescue calls were “unrelated incidents that were located in the same general area.” There wasn’t any immediate word on how Johanson had been injured.
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