50-year-old hiker rescued after a fall on Sisters Mountain in Sitka

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew transferred an injured hiker to emergency medical services for further care.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A 50-year-old-man fell 100 feet off a steep cliff while hiking The Sisters Mountains in Sitka on Saturday.

Sitka Fire Department requested a Coast Guard helicopter to assist in the rescue which occurred at 2,000 feet in elevation.

The man was reported to have sustained a head injury and a potential back injury from the fall but was transported to Sitka Emergency Medical Services personnel in stable condition.

“This was definitely a challenging mountain rescue based on the deteriorating weather, altitude and rugged terrain,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Jacobs, a pilot on the case. “It highlights the interagency cooperation, advanced training, and unique mission sets that Coast Guard units execute daily in Southeast Alaska.”

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew assisted both Alaska State Troopers and Sitka Mountain Rescue

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