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Lost hiker found north of Petersburg


March 15, 2006

The Coast Guard, working with a Sitka search and rescue team found and airlifted a stranded mountain climber north of Petersburg.

After reportedly climbing the mountain known as The Devil's Thumb on Saturday, Zack Hoyt became stranded in worsening weather conditions. When a Temsco rescue crew was forced to turn back from hazardous winds, the Coast Guard was asked to dispatch a larger HH-60 helicopter crew as well as a Sitka search and rescue crew in an attempt to locate the trapped hiker.

Hoyt was airlifted to a Petersburg hospital where he was treated for a shoulder injury and frostbite to his hands and feet.


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