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Juneau deer hunter accidentally shot in Southeast Alaska

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published November 7, 2011

The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued a 25-year-old hunter that was accidentally shot in the back on Admiralty Island in Southeast Alaska.

Jason Lindley of Juneau was deer hunting Sunday morning in Hawk Inlet on the northwest side of Admiralty Island, about 15 miles from the state's capital city, when he was shot with a large caliber rifle.

Lindley was with two other hunters, Alaska State Troopers reported Monday. One hunter, shooting at what he thought was a deer, fired in the vicinity of where Lindley and another hunter were walking.

Lindley was shot and suffered "significant internal injuries," though not life threatening, troopers said in a prepared statement.

The hunters quickly called the Coast Guard for help. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was dispatched to Hawk Inlet. Lindley was picked up and taken to a Juneau hospital. From there he was evacuated to Seattle for further treatment, Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen, a Coast Guard spokesperson, said via press release Monday.

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