JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued an injured skier at Hatcher Pass.
According to Alaska Air National Guard Capt. Wesley Ladd, Alaska Rescue Coordination Center, the mission was opened in response to arequest for assistance from the Alaska State Troopers.
An HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter from the 210th Rescue Squadron launched from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Aboard the helicopter were two pararescuemen who are both highly trained personnel specializing in rescue operations.
After receiving a report of the injured skier, the AKRCC tasked the Guardsmen to respond. The pararescuemen assessed the skier and packaged her for transport by Pave Hawk.
The HH-60G transported the skier to the Providence Alaska Medical Center where the pararescuemen handed her off to hospital staff.
Ladd commended a good Samaritan, who reported the injured skier, for having and properly using a GPS device with satellite communication capabilities to aid rescue efforts.
For this mission, the 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons were awarded one save.