Climber survives 100-foot fall

Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2006

A Petersburg climber was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard from Devils Thumb on Tuesday after falling down a 100-foot crevasse, where he spent the night, according to Juneau friend J.J. Vollenweider.

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Zach Hoyt, 30, was transported from the 9,000-foot mountain to a Petersburg Medical Center.

Hoyt, a former Juneau resident, called authorities for help while descending the mountain.

He has no broken bones but does have some bruising and frostbite, Vollenweider said.

A helicopter sent out by the Alaska State Troopers was forced to abort its rescue operation because of high winds, spokesman Greg Wilkinson said. A Coast Guard helicopter from Sitka took over the rescue operation.

Devils Thumb is north of the Stikine River.

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