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Two hikers rescued after becoming lost on Deer Mountain


April 10, 2017
Monday PM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, Alaska State Troopers and Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad rescued two overdue hikers from Ketchikan's Deer Mountain Friday night.

The Alaska State Troopers identified the hikers as Anthony Cox, age 24 and Robert Smith, age 24 both of Ketchikan who became lost on Deer Mountain.

“We were fortunate that these hikers were able to recognize they were in a survival situation early on," said Lt. Matt Herring, a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka pilot. "They took the necessary steps to ensure they were rescued."

Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Juneau received an agency assist request from Alaska State Troopers and launched the aircrew. The hikers signaled their location to the helicopter, which was near a cliff with tall trees and knee-deep snow. 

The hikers were hoisted and transported to awaiting emergency medical personnel in Ketchikan to be treated for possible hypothermia.

According to the Alaska State Troopers dispatch, neither suffered any injuries.

Weather on scene was reported as light winds, 45 degrees and overcast.


Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


Source of News:

Alaska Department of Public Safety




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