Hiker falls off cliff, dies after being swept into river

Associated PressJuly 26, 2012 

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, prepare to launch for a search and rescue mission from Coast Guard Forward Operation Location Barrow, July 25, 2012. A hiker called authorities for assistance after his companion slipped off a cliff edge and into a river bed in the Brooks Range.

PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS ELIZABETH H. BORDELON / U.S. COAST GUARD

The U.S. Coast Guard says one hiker has died and another rescued from Atigun Gorge in the Brooks Range.

The Coast Guard says in a statement that the survivor, Olaf Schooll of Norway, called for rescue Thursday on a satellite phone from the site, about 240 miles southeast of Barrow.

Schooll reported a hiking companion fell off a cliff edge and was swept away in the Atigun River. The Coast Guard located the man's body about a mile downriver, but terrain and water conditions prevented recovery. A North Slope Borough helicopter left Barrow later Thursday in another attempt.

The identity or nationality of the deceased hiker wasn't released.

The Coast Guard says the two men were hiking across the Brooks Range, from the U.S.-Canadian border to the Bering Sea.

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