Hiker rescued from 80-foot fall caused by loose rock

Posted: Tuesday, May 02, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A woman who was hit by a loose rock fell 80 feet from the McHugh Creek trail Monday and landed on a ledge, where she waited to be rescued.

Alaska State Troopers, the Alaska Air National Guard and the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group worked to rescue the woman from the ledge where she fell shortly after 4 p.m.

The name of the 28-year-old woman was not immediately released.

The Alaska Air National Guard said the woman and a man were hiking on the trail when a loose rock struck her. The man was walking ahead of the woman when the rock hit her arm and head and she fell from the trail, said spokeswoman Kerre Martineau.

The woman's hiking companion was able to reach her and said she was talking when he placed a coat over her and left to get help. It took him about 20 minutes to run down the trail and call for help on a car cell phone.

Troopers and the mountain rescue group reached the woman about a couple of hours after she fell. They stabilized her before hoisting her about 40 feet into a helicopter operated by the Air National Guard's 210th Rescue Squadron.

''When they got to her she was conscious,'' Martineau said.

Two parajumpers were dropped to the woman and she was hoisted aboard the helicopter and taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center. Her injuries, which included head injuries and a possible separated shoulder and broken arm, were not considered life-threatening.



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