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Injured Seward snowboarder rescued on Mount Marathon by National Guard chopper crew

  • Author: Chris Klint
  • Updated: March 13, 2017
  • Published March 13, 2017

An Alaska Air National Guard HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crew rescued injured snowboarder Fred Hurley, 18, near the summit of Mount Marathon on Sunday, March 12, 2017. (Courtesy Eric Chandler)

An injured snowboarder was rescued Sunday from Seward's Mount Marathon by an Alaska Air National Guard helicopter crew, according to responders.

Alaska State Troopers said word came in just before 1:45 p.m. that 18-year-old Seward resident Fred Hurley "was alone and unable to descend on his own."

Lt. Col. Candis Olmstead, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, said Hurley was snowboarding solo on the mountain when he was hurt.

"He hit rocks and lost control, tumbling and becoming injured," Olmstead said. "He called 911 and reached (troopers), who contacted the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center to request assistance."

An HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crew was sent from Anchorage to the mountain, where pararescuemen picked up Hurley at coordinates provided by troopers.

"(Hurley) had been on the ground for about four hours and was found injured and hypothermic," Olmstead said.

An Alaska National Guard helicopter crew rescued injured skier Fred Hurley, 18, near the summit of Mount Marathon on Sunday, March 12, 2017. (Courtesy Eric Chandler)

Photographer Eric Chandler, who saw the rescue during a trip to take photos of coyotes, said in an email it appeared Hurley "was injured not too far down from the summit."

Olmstead said Hurley was flown to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage for treatment of injuries troopers called non-life-threatening. Hospital staff said he wasn't listed as a patient there Monday.

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