Guard: Hypothermic hiker helicoptered out of Eagle River Valley

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 10:28
  • An Alaska Air National Guard HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter flies over Eagle River High School on Thursday, May 11, 2017. On Sunday, May 13, the pararescuemen from the Guard’s 210th and 212th rescue squadrons rescued a hypothermic hiker in the Eagle River Valley. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

The Alaska Air National Guard airlifted a lost, hypothermic hiker out of the Eagle River Valley on Sunday, May 14.

According to a press release, three people found the man in distress and called the Alaska State Troopers for help. Due to the rough terrain, troopers contacted the Rescue Coordination Center on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

“The 176th Wing accepted the mission and launched an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter from the 210th Rescue Squadron with a Guardian Angel team from the 212th Rescue Squadron,” Lt. Col. Candis Olmstead wrote in the release.

The hikers who found the man stayed with him until the helicopter carrying pararescuemen arrived at the scene.

In a follow-up email, Olmstead said the hiker was found about three quarters of a mile from the Eagle River Nature Center and roughly 1,500 feet up a mountainside. The man was not injured, but he was “hypothermic, dehydrated and lost,” Olmstead said.

The hiker was airlifted to Providence Hospital for treatment. The Air National Guard credited the 210th and 212th one save each for the mission.

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