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NEWS | June 10, 2022

Arctic Guardians rescue injured hiker at Crow Pass

By David Bedard 176th Wing Public Affairs

Alaska Air National Guardsmen of the 176th Wing rescued an injured hiker late evening June 9 at Crow Pass about 20 miles east of Anchorage.

The mission opened in response to a request for assistance from the Alaska Wildlife Troopers to the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center. The hiking party of four used a satellite communication device to call for help.

At the request of the AKRCC, Alaska Air National Guardsmen of 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons launched on a 210th RQS HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter.

The HH-60 crew located the hiking party and hoisted the injured hiker, treating her enroute to Providence Alaska Medical Center.

A Wildlife Troopers official said the hikers’ use of a satellite communication device and other preparations were crucial to a good outcome.

“The injured female was part of a hiking group that was well-equipped for a four-day hike,” he said.

For this mission, 210th RQS, 212th RQS and the AKRCC received credit for one save.

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