Coast Guard: 2 hikers rescued from Lemon Creek Glacier
Two elderly men were rescued while hiking Lemon Creek Glacier on Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a release.
According to the Coast Guard, both men were fatigued, but didn't report any injuries. They were medevaced by a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew.
"The aircrew hoisted both men and two Juneau Mountain Rescue personnel from the Glacier," the release said. "Both men were transported to awaiting emergency medical services for further care."
Watchstanders in Juneau were first notified that the men needed a medical evacuation by Alaska State Troopers. Juneau Mountain Rescue spent the day searching for them.
Rescue personnel eventually located the men, but weren't able to bring them down from the glacier due to the rugged terrain. The crew directed the launch of the Coast Guard helicopter for assistance.
"This case highlighted the great working relationship between the Coast Guard and Juneau Mountain Rescue," said Lt. Kellen Browne, a pilot on the case. "Preparation on the part of the survivors with the proper communication equipment was key to the successful rescue of the two hikers."
Weather at the time was reported as 10 mph winds, 10 miles visibility and an air temperature of 50 degrees.
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