Coast Guard rescues hiker who fell 150 feet on Southeast trail
A man is recovering from injuries he got after falling 150 feet while hiking on Baranof Island Friday, a release from the U.S. Coast Guard states.
The man was hiking with his wife on the Baranof Cross-Island Trail when he fell.
Personnel at the Coast Guard’s Juneau command center got the call from Sitka Mountain Rescue about 10:45 a.m. Friday. The caller reported injuries to the hiker’s hands and face and that he had difficulty walking. An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka responded and hoisted the man and his wife from the trail.
The couple was taken to Sitka to get emergency medical treatment and be taken to higher level of medical care.
"No trip is routine, and even the most experienced hikers and climbers can have accidents," said Cmdr. Matthew Breckel, the aircraft commander on the case. "Being able to communicate distress is an important safety tool when the unexpected occurs. In the case today the hikers were well prepared and that contributed significantly to our ability to locate their position and transfer the injured individual to medical care."
The man was reported to be in stable condition when he was taken to Sitka.
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