Man rescued after fall on Douglas Island

Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2009

JUNEAU - A man was rescued early Sunday morning after falling down a nearly 50-foot cliff on Douglas Island.

Capital City Fire and Rescue received a report at 1:03 a.m. Sunday of an injured hiker in his early 20s in need of help on the northern side of Douglas Island near False Outer Point. Members of the CCFR rope team responded and found the victim in a very difficult-to-reach wooded area, Fire Chief Eric Mohrmann said.

A 25-foot U.S. Coast Guard swift boat and a flat-bottomed boat belonging to the Alaska Division of Wildlife Troopers were called in to help extract the victim from the shoreline.

"This of course occurred in the pitch dark," Mohrmann said.

Seven members of the CCFR rope team, six personnel from the fire department, two state Troopers and several members of the U.S. Coast Guard helped in the four-hour rescue effort.

"Through those efforts we were able to finally get the patient extracted from that area and back to the hospital," Mohrmann said.

Mohrmann could not identify the victim or his status due to laws protecting patient privacy.

"It was a pretty significant injury," he said.

Mohrmann would not say whether alcohol was a factor or not.

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