Coast Guard hoists stranded Thunder Mountain hiker to safety

The Coast Guard hoisted a stranded hiker off of Thunder Mountain and onto an H-60 helicopter around 6:35 p.m. Thursday.

The Coast Guard reports no injuries to 31-year-old Justin Rasmussen. The helicopter from Sitka dropped him off at the Juneau airport without incident.

Coast Guard Lt. Colin Boyle, a search and rescue controller at the 17th District Command Center, says Rasmussen got trapped off-trail in a precarious spot.

Coast Guard Petty Officer First Class Trevor Frommherz says the hiker was visible from Thunder Mountain High School.

“People down there were down there, saw him, he was flashing a signal mirror, trying to get some help,” Frommherz says.

State troopers and Juneau Mountain Rescue got the initial calls and responded, but later requested the Coast Guard’s help.

Jeremy Hsieh

Local News Reporter, KTOO

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