Fla. woman rescued on West Glacier Trail Tuesday

Authorities say a Florida woman broke her leg while hiking in Juneau Tuesday and was rescued by helicopter.


Capital City Fire and Rescue Chief Richard Etheridge said in a phone interview that CCFR was dispatched to West Glacier Trail at about 2:15 p.m.

An Alaska State Trooper was already there with a jet skiff and took the first responders out to the site to locate the woman, Etheridge said.

Etheridge said they found her about 400 feet up on the hillside.

Responders realized it would be too difficult to do a rope rescue, and troopers called for a Temsco Helicopter to safely extract her from the rocks.

Etheridge said the helicopter landed on the rocks, airlifted the patient out and then landed in the parking lot near the trailhead. She was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Etheridge said the rescue took about three hours to complete, and everyone was home by 5 p.m.

Troopers identified the woman as 27-year-old Kristen Walling of Florida.

During the rescue, responders also simultaneously helped guide a lost hiker back to the trail.

The hiker, identified as 50-year-old Scott Frymire of British Columbia, called to say he was lost. Troopers guided him back via cell phone, and he arrived in the parking lot at the same time the helicopter was rescuing Walling. Troopers said in a dispatch Frymire did not report any injuries.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller or at 523-2263 at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.


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