Injured camper rescued by commercial helicopter

A commercial helicopter was used to medevac a camper with a broken leg out of Point Bridget State Park on Sunday.

Fire Chief Rich Etheridge, both through Twitter and Capital City Fire and Rescue’s online incident reporting webpage, said that they initially intended for the Coast Guard to travel by boat to Camper’s Cove (sic) or formally-called Camping Cove in the southwest corner of the park.

The woman, identified as 31-year old Jenne Sipniewski of Juneau, was apparently safe and warm with a friend in a cabin nearly four miles from the road. According to Alaska State Troopers, Juneau Mountain Rescue was placed on stand-by for a possible rescue.

Etheridge says high winds and freezing spray prevented a medevac by boat. A Temsco helicopter landed Sunday afternoon on the beach after the tides and wind both diminished in the Cove.

Sipniewski was picked up and transported by the helicopter to the Juneau airport where she was met by a friend and then was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital by personal vehicle.