Coast Guard assists in rescue of injured hiker from Marathon Mountain

17th Coast Guard District News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, forward-deployed to Cordova, assisted the Seward Fire Department in medevacing an injured 20-year-old male hiker from Marathon Mountain west of Seward Wednesday.

Coast Guard District 17 Command Center Juneau received a call at 7:28 p.m. from the Seward Fire Department requesting a hoist capable aircraft to help medevac Pyper Dixon from the mountain at an altitude of 2,470 feet. Dixon reportedly suffered spinal injuries sustained in a fall while hiking on the mountain.

The Jayhawk crew departed Cordova at 8:22 p.m. and arrived on scene at 9:22 p.m. where they lowered a rescue swimmer to help prepare Dixon to be hoisted into the helicopter. Dixon and a nurse from the rescue party were safely hoisted from the mountain and flown to the Seward Airport where they were transferred to awaiting emergency medical services.

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