SITKA - An off-duty Sitka police officer had to be rescued after falling 200 yards down a cliff while out hunting.
Kyle Ferguson, 31, was rescued early Friday morning after falling near Alpine Lake, about 10 miles north of Sitka. The U.S. Coast Guard, medics and members of the Sitka Mountain Rescue, responded to the scene.
Ferguson's fall was reported about 8:40 p.m. Thursday night. A Jayhawk helicopter was launched from Air Station Sitka. Ferguson was found on an "extreme slope" and extra rescuers were summoned to help hand-lower Ferguson on a litter down the mountain using ropes.
Rescuers eventually reached a flat spot where a helicopter could get Ferguson out safely. He was transported to Sitka Hospital.