Military rescuers pluck stranded skiers from Alaska peak

An HH-60 Pave Hawk with the 210th Rescue Squadron, Alaska Air National Guard, lands on the airfield in Galena, Alaska, on May 28, 2013. An Alaska Air Guard Pave Hawk crew plucked two stranded skiers from an Alaska peak on March 26, 2014.


By CASEY GROVE | The Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News | Published: March 27, 2014

Two skiers stranded on a Turnagain Pass mountain overnight Tuesday were rescued Wednesday morning by an Alaska Air Guard helicopter crew, the Guard said.

The skiers were lost on Wolverine Peak late Tuesday and called Alaska State Troopers for help, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said. According to a written statement from the Guard, the skiers, who were not identified, also had lost some equipment and could not get down the mountain.

Peters said they were reported stuck on the mountain about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at roughly 5,000 feet.

Rugged terrain and a need for a helicopter hoist prevented civilian aircraft from reaching the skiers, who "spent a cold night with insufficient clothing," the Guard statement said.

The Guard launched an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter after getting a call for assistance from troopers about 9:15 a.m. Wednesday and delivered the skiers to Providence Alaska Medical Center at 10:25 p.m., the Guard said. The skiers reportedly suffered from mild hypothermia but were otherwise unhurt.


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