A LifeMed medevac flight crashed into the water Thursday morning near Unalaska shortly after taking off from the island’s airport. No one was seriously hurt.
Rescuers on scene said the elements were against them: 40 mph winds, well-below-freezing temperatures, and high seas as they searched for the boat and crew.
Dramatic video footage released by the borough earlier in the week shows roads flooded with thigh-high, ice-choked water as responders evacuated sled dogs on inflatable rafts.
According to a report by the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center, the hiker was alone Saturday when he was caught in an avalanche near the Blueberry Loop trail and fully buried before he was able to kick his legs free.
The search was prompted by a referral from local 911 dispatchers about a pleasurecraft adrift in Gastineau Channel — with no one on board and its engine running.
The VHF radio outages are affecting Prince William Sound all the way down to Sitka and other Southeast Alaska communities.
A hiker stranded overnight on Mount Roberts was retrieved by local authorities Friday, according to the Alaska State Troopers.
The Coast Guard says a 60-year-old man lost the fingers on his left hand in an explosion in the Hawk Inlet area.
An Alaska Marine Highway ferry rescued five people after a small boat capsized Friday morning near Bella Bella, British Columbia, in the Inside Passage.
Juneau International Airport officials have organized a simulated emergency exercise for Saturday. The exercise is required to be held every three years as part of the airport’s FAA certification.