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Troopers closed Seward Highway in Girdwood for airlift of 5-year-old who went missing

Nathaniel Herz

The Alaska State Troopers briefly closed the Seward Highway near Girdwood on Friday evening as part of a rescue effort for a 5-year-old child who was found following a search of a local creek.

Rescuers were performing CPR on the child, who had been reported missing from a pullout near Glacier Creek in Girdwood, near the Tesoro gas station, according to troopers and Girdwood Fire Department officials. Authorities had initially closed the highway to use it for a helicopter rescue, but reopened it after determining they could land the helicopter closer to the scene, said Megan Peters, a spokeswoman for the troopers.

It was not immediately clear whether the child was found in the creek or elsewhere, Peters said.

Troopers had responded to a call from the child's mother, she added.

"They're in the process of trying to revive the child," she said.

The Girdwood Fire Department had assigned six units to look for the 5-year-old "in the water down Glacier Creek" after a call came in at 6:30 p.m., according to Lt. William Parry


By NATHANIEL HERZ
nherz@adn.com