Hiker Airlifted Off Seward's Mount Marathon

An injured hiker had to be flown off Mount Marathon in Seward.


by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- An injured hiker had to be flown off Mount Marathon in Seward.

Three members of the Seward Fire Department climbed the mountain to find the hiker Wednesday evening. Fire Chief Eddie Athey says the hiker had an open head wound, and was dehydrated and disoriented.

It was too difficult to get him off the mountain in that condition, so a helicopter had to airlift him to a hospital.

One man disappeared and several others were injured last year during the July Fourth Mount Marathon race in Seward, prompting organizers to put new rules into place this year.

Authorities also urge visitors unfamiliar with the mountain not to hike it.

Athey adds that everyone should know the mountain before climbing it and take proper safety precautions.

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