Rescue underway for man on icefield

Posted: Wednesday, March 02, 2011

The Alaska State Troopers Tuesday received a report a Juneau resident was requesting evacuation from his location on the Juneau Icefield at Camp 9.

The report stated George Koenig left Juneau on Feb. 17 well-equipped for an extended cold weather stay on the ice, but began to run low on fuel.

High winds have prevented helicopters from delivering supplies or being able to evacuate Koenig during the last several days.

As of Tuesday evening, the troopers were working with the U.S. Coast Guard and Temsco Helicopters to attempt an evacuation.

A U.S. Forest Service Ranger District Juneau spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday an evacuation was underway and that more details would be released today.

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