JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A hiker was rescued from Mount Juneau on Friday after he slipped near the peak and tumbled about 200 feet, suffering injuries to his head and shoulder area, authorities said.
Tim Haugh, a 57-year-old from Juneau, was listed in stable condition at a hospital Friday with a broken clavicle and lacerations requiring 15 stitches in his head.
“He’s doing OK,” his wife told The Juneau Empire (https://bit.ly/1TgAF1i) from Bartlett Regional Hospital. She said he was undergoing X-rays at the time.
Haugh had reportedly used his cellphone to call a friend, SEADOGS leader Bruce Bowler, from the mountainside. Bowler then alerted troopers, who began organizing the search and rescue.
A team of Juneau Mountain Rescue searchers and Capital City Fire/Rescue medics responded to the mountain via helicopter and landed below the hiker. They then hiked up to Haugh, who was able to walk back with the crew to the helicopter and airlifted off the mountain, troopers said.
Capital City Fire/Rescue Assistant Chief Tod Chambers said two other hikers had come across Haugh and were able to provide troopers with the coordinates to locate him. He said he did not know exactly how Haugh fell, but was told Haugh slipped on the snowpack near the top of the mountain.
Bowler advised other hikers not to go out on the trails alone “no matter how good of shape you are in,” as his friend did.
“His wife is very unhappy,” Bowler said. “She told him not to do that.”
Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, https://www.juneauempire.com
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