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NEWS | July 25, 2023

Alaska Air Guard Rescues Two Teens, Motorcyclist

By David Bedard, 176th Wing Public Affairs

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - Alaska Air National Guardsmen of the 176th Wing rescued two teenage girls reported overdue from a river inner tubing trip near Trapper Creek July 24.

A father of one of the teens contacted the Alaska State Troopers, who requested assistance from the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center at JBER. The AKRCC then asked the 176th Wing for help, and the on-duty search and rescue duty officer dispatched a 210th Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter with 212th Rescue Squadron Guardian Angel pararescuemen.

According to an AST news release, the teens departed on their Moose Creek tubing trip at 6:30 p.m. wearing swimwear without life jackets. They did not have a communications device.

Alaska Air National Guard Master Sgt. James Seigneur, AKRCC senior controller, said the HH-60G crew followed the creek to find the two teens on the shore about 70 miles north of Anchorage.

High and dense foliage required the Pave Hawk special missions aviators to pay out the hoist cable 70 feet to deploy Guardian Angels, who hoisted up the teens one at a time.

The two were transported to Talkeetna and released to Talkeetna Emergency Medical Services. The uninjured girls were evaluated and released to the father.

“It was critical for this mission that the teens let loved ones know what their plan was so we could respond once they were overdue,” Seigneur said. “Additionally, it’s important to carry a satellite communication device and to test it before heading out because cell phone coverage is very limited in Alaska.”

In another rescue mission, members of the 176th Wing evacuated a motorcyclist injured near McCarthy July 23 about 230 miles east of Anchorage after McCarthy Emergency Medical Services asked AKRCC for help.

AKRCC requested assistance from the wing. The SARDO dispatched a 211th Rescue Squadron HC-130J Combat King II fixed-wing aircraft and a 210th RQS Pave Hawk, both with 212th RQS Guardian Angels onboard.

The HC-130J air-to-air refueled the HH-60G to extend its range for the nearly 500-mile round trip. With Guardian Angels serving as attending paramedics, the HH-60 transported the motorcyclist to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

For the two missions, the 210th RQS, 212th RQS and the AKRCC were credited with three saves, and the 211th RQS was credited with one save for the medevac.

 

 

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