Personnel from Juneau Mountain Rescue and Capital City Fire/Rescue recovered an injured hiker on the Eagle Glacier Trail on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. (Courtesy photo / JMR)

Personnel from Juneau Mountain Rescue and Capital City Fire/Rescue recovered an injured hiker on the Eagle Glacier Trail on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. (Courtesy photo / JMR)

Fire department and volunteers help injured hiker

The hiker had injured an ankle and required assistance.

A joint rescue between Juneau Mountain Rescue and Capital City Fire/Rescue saw an injured hiker brought down safely from a trail on Sunday night.

The hiker, a visitor to Juneau, had injured her ankle, but didn’t require hospitalization, said CCFR assistant chief Ed Quinto.

“Up at Eagle Glacier Trail, two out-of-town couples went out there, and a female ended up injuring her ankle about a mile and half up the trail,” Quinto said in a phone interview.

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One of the group went down and made contact with emergency services, Quinto said, with CCFR eventually dispatched around 6 p.m. on Sunday.

“JMR, along with CCFR special teams, went up there and brought her,” Quinto said. “We have a good working relationship with JMR. When they’re shorthanded, we send them people.”

CCFR doesn’t typically deploy unless they have a specific location on the injured person, Quinto said, as they did in this case.

“We will go as long as we know exactly where the person is,” Quinto said. “We don’t have the manpower for a search.”

In this case; however, the woman’s location was known, and CCFR personnel assisted JMR in the recovery.

“That trail is gnarly. It’s a pretty bad trail,” Quinto said. “The guys went up there in the dusk and came down in the dark.”

The woman did not require medical assistance, Quinto said.

• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at (757) 621-1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com.

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