One Coast Guardsman dies another injured in fall while hiking

Posted: Monday, December 10, 2001

KODIAK (AP) -- One off-duty Coast Guardsman was killed and another injured over the weekend after a hiking accident on Pyramid Mountain, the Coast Guard said Monday.

The mishap occurred sometime Saturday when the two fell down a ravine between Bear Mountain and Pyramid Mountain on Kodiak Island, the Coast Guard said.

Seaman Apprentice Ian Rodgers, 21, of Monterey, Mass., was killed in the accident and Seaman Apprentice David Losh, 19, of Kuna, Idaho, was injured, the Coast Guard said. Their ages were not immediately available.

They were located after Losh, who suffered a compound fracture to his leg, spelled out the words ''HELP'' with tree branches, the Coast Guard said.

The two men were reported overdue from their hike by a friend on Saturday night at about the same time an Alaska State Trooper reported finding their car at Anton Larson Road, said Chief Petty Officer Marshalena Delaney.

A Coast Guard HH-60 helicopter located Losh at about 9:49 a.m. on Sunday after whiteout conditions forced a halt to the search the night before, the Coast Guard said.

Losh was hoisted up to the helicopter and taken to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center.

Climbers descended 150 feet to where the second body was found and pronounced Rodgers dead at the scene. The body was hoisted to a helicopter and returned to the Coast Guard Air Station, the Coast Guard said.

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