The hiker initially managed to call 911 using his cell phone and the Sitka Mountain Rescue dispatched a team to the mountain to attempt to locate the individual.
The MH-60 Jayhawk Air Station Sitka aircrew completed the rescue, from takeoff to landing, within 45 minutes.
“Our working relationship with local partner agencies such as the Sitka Mountain Rescue team is an important component to successfully coordinating and completing rescues in Alaska,” said Coast Guard Lt. Jonathan Orthman, an Air Station Sitka pilot.
Before venturing outdoors, the Coast Guard wants to remind people to follow these recommended safety guidelines:
Carry a form of communication in the event you need assistance
File a travel plan and leave it with somebody you trust. It should include when you are leaving, where you will be, how long you will be gone and when you plan to return
Carry the appropriate gear, including a first aid kit, food, water and extra clothing in the event you need to shelter in place. In an emergency, rescuers may take several hours to reach your location.