SITKA, Alaska — The Coast Guard rescued a stranded hunter from the Carmel Mountain area near Sitka Wednesday.
An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew transfered the 69-year-old man to Air Station Sitka where waiting medical personnel checked him for signs of hypothermia.
Air Station Sitka personnel recieved a report of the stranded hunter from the Sitka Police Department after his wife reported him overdue from his trip. Watchstanders at the Sector Juneau Command Center assumed control of the case and launched the helicopter crew to rescue the man.
“This case is a good example of how planning ahead and having good communication with loved ones can aid a successful rescue,” said Cmdr. Pete Melnick, operations officer, Coast Guard Air Station Sitka. “The Coast Guard reminds hunters to leave a travel plan including campsite locations and estimated trip duration with family or friends before beginning any hunting trip. It’s also recommended to bring more than one means of communication when possible and to always carry a signal device such as a mirror or flares for the event of a rescue.”