Two hikers from Michigan were lost on Mt. Verstovia in Sitka. Six cruise ship crew members became lost while hiking on West Glacier Trail near the Mendenhall Glacier.
Alaska State Troopers say Sitka Mountain Rescue reported hikers Debra and Jack Valentine, 59 and 64 of Michigan were lost on Mt. Verstovia in Sitka Tuesday night. The woman had suffered a knee injury during a fall. The Coast Guard helicopter was able to extricate her. She was transported to a medical facility in Sitka. Valentine was able to walk out with the help of a Good Samaritan hiker in the area.
Alaska State Troopers also received a report from six cruise ship crew members on the Norwegian Pearl who had become lost while hiking on West Glacier Trail near the Mendenhall Glacier Tuesday night just before 8:00 p.m. The hikers were identified as Angelica Paraschiv, 33 of Romania, Maria Clavijo, 34 of Chile, Natalia Molina, 24 of Colombia, Jhon Torres, 26 of Colombia, Delaney Johnston, 25 of Canada, and Siheng Ma, 26 of China. The party had hiked down to the Mendenhall Lake, but were unable to return to the trail. Capital City Fire & Rescue responded to their location in a vessel and transported the party back to the trailhead. No one was injured and all searchers were out of the field and accounted for by around 9:00 p.m.
A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew hoists an injured hiker from Mount Verstovia in Sitka, Alaska, July 12, 2016.