Two men flown to safety from Lemon Creek glacier

Two men flown to safety from Lemon Creek glacier

Hikers safe after fatigue sets in near Lemon Creek Glacier

Two men had to be airlifted to safety after they needed help near Lemon Creek Glacier on Sunday.

Alaska State Troopers reported to the Coast Guard that two elderly hikers near the glacier were in need of a medical evaluation, according to a U.S. Coast Guard release Sunday. Juneau Mountain Rescue personnel spent much of the day Sunday searching for the two men, but weren’t able to bring them back due to rugged terrain.

An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter then flew to the area, found the men and medevaced them and two JMR personnel from the glacier.

Both men were transported to awaiting emergency medical services for further care. They were reported to have been fatigued but had no reported injuries. They were not identified in the release.

“This case highlighted the great working relationship between the Coast Guard and Juneau Mountain Rescue,” said Lt. Kellen Browne, a pilot on the case. “Preparation on the part of the survivors with the proper communication equipment was key to the successful rescue of the two hikers.”

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