Coast Guard looks for hiker near Haines

Posted: Tuesday, March 09, 2010

KODIAK - The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday launched an Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to rescue a hiker on Meade Glacier in the Tongass National Forest east of Haines.

A pilot dropped off the 28-year-old man from Haines on Feb. 20 at Meade Glacier. He was scheduled to be picked up Sunday. The ski plane landed to meet the man as scheduled, but he was not at that location. After taking off, the ski-plane crew was able to locate the man and determine he was approximately seven miles from the pick-up site at an altitude of 4,300 feet.

Due to the rough terrain, the ski plane was reportedly unable to land. The hiker reported he was tired, weak and had not eaten for four days after the ski-plane pilot dropped to him a hand-held radio.

The Coast Guard helicopter was expected to arrive late Monday afternoon, but Haines is in a winter storm warning until this morning. Another helicopter was unable to reach the hiker earlier Monday because of weather.

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