Arctic Guardians rescue injured hiker at Crow Pass

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  • By David Bedard
  • 176th Wing Public Affairs

Alaska Air National Guardsmen of the 176th Wing rescued an injured hiker late evening June 9 at Crow Pass about 20 miles east of Anchorage.

The mission opened in response to a request for assistance from the Alaska Wildlife Troopers to the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center. The hiking party of four used a satellite communication device to call for help.

At the request of the AKRCC, Alaska Air National Guardsmen of 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons launched on a 210th RQS HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter.

The HH-60 crew located the hiking party and hoisted the injured hiker, treating her enroute to Providence Alaska Medical Center.

A Wildlife Troopers official said the hikers’ use of a satellite communication device and other preparations were crucial to a good outcome.

“The injured female was part of a hiking group that was well-equipped for a four-day hike,” he said.

For this mission, 210th RQS, 212th RQS and the AKRCC received credit for one save.