Skiers rescued from Wolverine Peak

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 22:28


Two lost skiers were rescued from Wolverine Peak by airmen from the Alaska Air National Guard on March 26.

The skiers, who spent a cold night with insufficient clothing, had lost their equipment and unable to self-recover, called the Alaska State Troopers for assistance.

The AST notified the 11th Rescue Coordination Center at 9:15 a.m. that they were unable to respond due to the rugged terrain and necessary equipment requirements.

The Guard launched a HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter from the 210th Rescue Squadron and a team of Guardian Angel rescue personnel from the 212th Rescue Squadron.

“Back-country enthusiasts should always travel with a survival kit and be prepared to stay overnight, even if that isn’t their plan,” said Maj. Keenan Zerkel, a senior controller at the RCC.

The skiers were transported to Anchorage and released to Providence Hospital at 10:25 a.m. with possible hypothermia, but in stable condition.


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