Updated: Rescuers retrieve stranded hiker from Juneau’s Mount Roberts

By September 20, 2019 September 23rd, 2019 Juneau, Search & Rescue, Weather

A U.S. Coast Guard H-60 helicopter out of Sitka searches for a missing hiker in the area of Mount Roberts in 2014. (Photo by Mikko Wilson/KTOO)

Update (Saturday, 2:20 p.m.) — Ryan Cunningham, KTOO

Rescuers have retrieved the hiker who was stranded overnight on Mount Roberts, according to an Alaska State Troopers dispatch.

The dispatch says 26-year-old Andrew Tse of New York was rescued Friday thanks to the coordinated efforts of Juneau Mountain Rescue, Sitka Mountain Rescue, Capital City Fire/Rescue and state troopers. The dispatch made no mention of Tse’s condition.

Original story

Rescue teams have found a hiker who was stranded overnight Thursday on Mount Roberts.

“They’re on scene with him now, warming him up and coming up with a way to extract him from his steep terrain,” said Ray Dwyer, lead command center controller for Coast Guard District 17. He spoke Friday afternoon.

Dwyer said the Coast Guard had sent a helicopter from Sitka to assist with rescue efforts late Thursday night.

“Due to the low ceilings, poor visibility and high winds, (the team) was not able to see the individual or access his location to try to hoist him out,” Dwyer said.

Dwyer said the Coast Guard flew members of Sitka Mountain Rescue to Juneau, who linked up with Juneau Mountain Rescue for the ground search.

He also said Alaska State Troopers were coordinating the effort. A Troopers spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment.

Editor’s note: This story was originally published with an incorrect byline. KTOO’s Jeremy Hsieh, not KTOO’s Adelyn Baxter, was the author of this story.

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