Sitka Fire Department rescues two hikers in back-to-back calls

  • Source: KCAW-FM 104.7 Sitka
  • Published: 07/09/2024 12:00 AM

Sitka Fire Department carried out two back-to-back rescues over the weekend. Around 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, the department received a call from an injured hiker on Harbor Mountain. Assistant Fire Chief David Johnson said the woman fell, hurt her leg, and was having difficulty walking. Over 20 first responders hiked in to help her and carried her down the mountain in a litter. Around 8 p.m., shortly after the ambulance returned to the fire hall from the first rescue, the fire department received a call from a second hiker in the Indian River area who was experiencing a medical emergency. Around a dozen search and rescue volunteers and EMS personnel responded to the call, treated the hiker, and brought her back to the trailhead in a litter. Both hikers were transported to Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center with minor injuries.


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