Air Station Sitka medevacs three hikers from Lituya Bay

KODIAK, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew medevaced three hikers from Cascade Glacier in Lituya Bay Wednesday evening.

The Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center received the initial call from a third party at approximately 4:35 p.m. reporting that there were severely injured people on the glacier and they were yelling for help. Personnel at the Sector Juneau command center immediately issued an urgent marine information broadcast requesting assistance of anyone in the area.

Glacier Bay Park rangers launched an aircraft for an over flight of the area to locate the victims. The ranger aircraft crew took two emergency medical technicians to provide initial response and care to the injured hikers until the Coast Guard rescue crew could arrive on scene. Once the ranger EMTs arrived on scene they reported that one of the hikers had a compound fracture to his arm and another had a reported laceration on his forehead and a concussion. The third hiker was reportedly uninjured.

The Coast Guard rescue crew arrived on scene about 6:30 p.m. and began administering first aid to the injured hikers. The two injured hikers are in stable condition and all three were taken by the Coast Guard to Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium in Sitka for further medical treatment arriving at 9:40 p.m.

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