Alaska Air National Guard rescues 5 hikers stranded on cliff overnight near Valdez



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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Members of the Alaska Air National Guard have rescued five hikers stranded overnight on a cliff near Valdez.

Sgt. Edward Eagerton says there were no reported injuries.

The hikers became stranded on the steep terrain Wednesday. They contacted the Valdez Fire Department, which sent out four climbers, who couldn't reach the hikers right away because of the terrain and wet conditions.

A civilian helicopter crew tried to help, but couldn't reach the hikers. The crew dropped food and clothing, however.

The Guard went out in a helicopter and another aircraft Thursday morning after Alaska State Troopers contacted the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center.

By the time they arrived, two of the fire department climbers had reached the hikers. The firefighters guided the helicopter crew to a landing spot.

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