Injured skier rescued from Hatcher Pass thanks to GPS device, Alaska Air Guard

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - An injured skier was rescued from Hatcher Pass after a good Samaritan spotted them and called for help. The ordeal underscored the importance of having a satellite-equipped GPS device, which made the rescue possible.

In a news release issued by the Alaska Air National Guard, officials outlined the rescue, which involved an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter from the 210th Rescue Squadron.

The helicopter launched from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson with two pararescuemen on board.

The pararescuemen assessed the skier and packaged her for transport by Pave Hawk, the guard reported.

Officials said that a good Samaritan, who reported the injured skier, had and properly used a GPS device with satellite communication capabilities to aid rescue efforts.

For this mission, the 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons were awarded one save.