ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Two hikers were rescued while hiking on Penguin Peak after one of them was injured in a 30-foot fall.
Army guard hoist injured hikers from off of Bird Peak (Video from Staff Sargent Brad McKenzie)
The mountain is located just south of Bird Creek on the Seward Highway.
An Army Guard UH-60 Black Hawk was sent after being contacted by the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center. The helicopter picked up the Air National Guard pararescuemen at the Girdwood baseball fields before heading towards the stranded hikers.
“On the way to Girdwood, we reconned the ridgeline and saw the hikers,” said Lt. Cody McKinney, the pilot on the mission. “We indicated that we saw them with a wave of the aircraft, went to pick up the PJs, then headed straight to the guys on the mountain.”
They found the hikers in a 200-foot wide saddle at about 3,600 feet of elevation. The pararescuemen were dropped down at the peak above the hikers and then climbed down to assess the injuries. Finding that the hiker was unable to walk, they decided to hoist both hikers out from 70 feet above the saddle.
The hikers were brought to Anchorage.
McKinney. “Being able to bring someone home is priceless,” said McKinnley.
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