Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Two goat hunters stayed out too late Tuesday and had to be rescued at Blackerby Ridge by the US Coast Guard.
A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued two hunters from the Tongass National Forest. The men had mild hypothermia. The two men, Dalton Tuohy, 22 and Robert Simpson, 24 of Juneau, called Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders via VHF channel 16 around 8:30 pm. They were rescued about three hours later, taken to the Juneau National Guard base, and treated by medical personnel and transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital by Capital City Fire Rescue.
The men stated they were not prepared to stay out past sundown and had experienced signs of dehydration. Alaska State Troopers recommended a Jayhawk helicopter be used in the rescue because it would take about two hours for Juneau Mountain Rescue to hike the trail and reach the men.
The men did have some supplies like an emergency blanket, headlamp, backpack and VHF radio but were unable to drink water because it had frozen and there were no tree branches to make a fire. A dispatch from Alaska State Troopers said Tuohy experienced severe leg camps and became unconscious at times.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Heather Goralczyk, said the hunters were prepared just enough, to handle the ordeal, "The forethought of these men to bring along a functioning radio greatly increased their odds of survival by allowing them to reach out for help when they became stranded. We encourage all persons, whether hunting or hiking, to ensure they are fully equipped with appropriate safety and survival equipment when venturing into the Alaskan outdoors."