It took a helicopter flight to the lower elevations of Sheratin
Mountain and a hike after that, but early this morning, a rescue party of
Kodiak Island Search and Rescue members, coordinated by the Alaska State
Troopers, rescued four technicians that had been stranded on the 2800-foot peak
ten miles west of Kodiak City. The rescuers
arrived with warm clothing and shelter and hiked down the mountain to safety.
The four men,
technicians constructing the first tower in an island-wide network of
high-speed microwave communication relays, included Kodiak Kenai Cable Company
Chief Operating Officer Brian Kincaid and three contractors with Belarde
Custom Concrete Company of Kodiak. The men were dropped off with
a week of supplies in good weather Sunday to work on the tower. Sunday night,
high winds reportedly blew away one tent and some of the supplies.
Steve Wielebski, president of the all-volunteer Kodiak Island
Search and Rescue group, who helped coordinate the rescue effort with Alaska
State Troopers, described the rescue operation.
Wielebski said the
KISAR gets called into action when the state troopers and the Coast Guard are
unable to facilitate a rescue on their own, which was the case Monday due to
volatile weather condidtions.
said all four technicians are safe and in good health, despite the fatigue of