Woman found with serious injuries on Swanson River

Posted: Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Rescuers had to wade through part of the Swanson River on Tuesday afternoon to reach a woman who sustained "life-threatening injuries," according to Alaska State Troopers.

Dispatch toned out a call at about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday saying a woman was unconscious after being hit in the head with a paddle near the Swanson oil fields about two miles down from Swanson River Landing.

Troopers could not confirm what caused the woman's injuries.

"She was coming in and out of consciousness," Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said.

Peters could not provide details about the alleged victim or about the alleged victim's most current medical condition.

Two troopers attempted to reach the scene by way of four-wheeler, Peters said, but they had to dismount in order to reach the injured woman.

"The terrain was just too bad to make it through," Peters said.

Central Emergency Services also responded with a Med life helicopter.

When emergency personnel arrived, three people who had apparently been canoeing with the alleged victim were nearby, according to Peters. Peters said investigators are interviewing the apparent witnesses to determine what led to the victim's physical condition.

Andrew Waite can be reached at andrew.waite@peninsulaclarion.com

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