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Two teens rescued on Mount Juneau Sunday night

Posted: April 1, 2014 - 2:01pm  |  Updated: April 2, 2014 - 12:03am

Two teenage boys were rescued Sunday night after they got lost hiking up the face of Mount Juneau.

Alaska State Troopers said the boys, a 17-year-old from Juneau and a 16-year-old from Switzerland, called for help at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday from one of their cell phones. Temperatures had dropped to the low-20s, and they reported being very cold and disoriented, according to a troopers dispatch.

Troopers coordinated the search and sent a Coastal Helicopter with two Juneau Mountain Rescue members aboard to find them. The searchers were able to locate the boys by spotting the light from their headlamps, which troopers said expedited the rescue.

They were picked up at 7:45 p.m., and no injuries were reported, Trooper spokesman Tim DeSpain told the Empire via email.

Troopers viewed the incident as an opportunity to remind hikers to dress adequately for the weather, as the hikers in this case were not prepared for the falling temperatures.

“AST would like to remind the public to bring clothing and signaling devices appropriate for the conditions at high altitude as they may be drastically different from the conditions at sea level,” the dispatch states.

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

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