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WATCH: Coast Guard aircrew rescues 72-year-old hiker near Skagway

 (U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Alaska)
(U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Alaska) (KTUU)
Published: Aug. 4, 2019 at 6:52 PM AKDT
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A Coast Guard aircrew rescued a 72-year-old woman near Skagway Saturday evening after she injured her leg during a hike.

Sector Juneau command center watchstanders received the call from Skagway Alaska State Troopers in medically evacuating the woman who sustained an injury while hiking the Chilkoot Trail.

Due to terrain, commercial services were unable to help, so the Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter crew.

According to the Coast Guard, an Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew medevaced the woman from Chilkoot Pass to Juneau where she was reported in stable condition.

“The survivors in this case were very prepared for several days of challenging hiking," Lt. Kyle Johnson, a copilot on the case, said in a statement. "After the woman sustained injuries, they activated a personal emergency beacon which gave us their exact coordinates. Additionally, when the helicopter arrived on scene they activated a strobe light which allowed us to see them almost immediately. You never plan to have a bad day in the outdoors, but if you’re prepared you can aid rescue crews and avoid a potentially life-threatening situation.”

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