15 Apr '15, 9pm

Airmen brave snow, hurricane-force winds to save hikers

Airmen brave snow, hurricane-force winds to save hikers

Airmen with the 210th, 211th and 212th Rescue Squadrons spent days trying to rescue three hikers. (Photo: (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Edward Eagerton)) CONNECT 25 TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE For two days, hurricane-force winds and white-out conditions prevented airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard from reaching three hikers on a glacier, who were melting snow for drinking water and huddling in an ice cave that kept getting buried by snow. By the time of the April 10 rescue, the hikers had been been battling the fearsome weather for most of the week since they had been dropped off at the Kirk Glacier on April 3. Their situation quickly became dire when the high winds destroyed their tent and blew their skis away, so they could not move, said Lt. Col. John Morse, deputy director of deputy director of the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center. "Because the ...

Full article: http://www.airforcetimes.com/story/military/2015/04/15/ai...

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