Man dies after 30-foot fall at Juneau's Mendenhall Towers
According to KTOO Public Media, Bartlett Regional Hospital spokesperson Katie Bausler confirmed Bryson Allen died June 28 at 11:27 a.m.
A man is recovering in the hospital after falling 20-30 feet while repelling Mendenhall Towers north of Juneau Friday morning. Alaska State Troopers say his rappel anchor failed.
According to an online trooper dispatch, 23-year-old Bryson Allen of Washington was approximately 7 miles from the West Glacier Trail at about 2 a.m. when he fell off a ledge and was knocked unconscious.
Allen was descending the trail with two other climbers, 25-year-old Isaac Hardy of New York and 24-year-old Bowen Schwanke of Juneau, who were not injured during the incident. It's unclear how Allen's anchor failed.
The United States Coast Guard issued a release stating Watchstanders in the Sector Juneau command center received a call to rescue the climber from Alaska State Troopers around 2:30 a.m. Allen was air-lifted and taken to Juneau International Airport where an ambulance then took him to Bartlett Regional Hospital.
"We were able to locate the climbers due to good communications via cell phone with Coast Guard Sector Juneau's command center,” said Commander Michael Frawley, aircraft commander for the case and commanding officer of Air Station Sitka.
Allen was waving a bright-colored jacket along with a blinking light on the sheer cliff when the Coast Guard spotted him. Commander Frawley said this was a "miraculous rescue" because of the climber's location, the injured climber signaling the helicopter, and his crew's training for situations like this.
Video obtained from the Coast Guard shows not only how difficult Allen's rescue was, but also how lucky rescuers were to find him.
"We have been told his condition remains critical and we hope his situation continues to improve," Commander Frawley said.
Both Hardy and Schwanke returned to their base camp without any additional assistance.
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