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Injured Washington Hiker Rescued After Fall near Whittier

Published On: Jul 25 2014 11:41:23 AM AKDT   Updated On: Jul 25 2014 12:14:25 PM AKDT
Injured Washington Hiker Rescued After Fall near Whittier

A Washington man was rescued Thursday night from a trail near Whittier, after Alaska State Troopers say he survived a steep fall and was carried to safety by responders.

In a Friday AST dispatch, troopers say they got a report just before 7:30 p.m. Thursday that the man, later identified as 32-year-old Michael Rumberg, needed help.

“Whittier (emergency medical services) and the Whittier Police Department responded to the area and located the injured hiker approximately 1 mile from a trailhead in steep terrain,” troopers wrote. “The Girdwood Fire Department and the Alaska State Troopers responded to Whittier to assist in removing the male from the trail system.”

AST spokesperson Megan Peters says Rumberg was evacuated from the site of the fall shortly after 9:30 p.m.

“He fell approximately 40 feet,” Peters said.

According to Peters, Rumberg’s family confirmed his location to troopers as a series of agencies responded to the area, as well as medics with LifeMed Alaska.

“We got this report from LifeMed,” Peters said. “They were contacted by Whittier PD and EMS, then they contacted us.”

Peters says Rumberg was ultimately taken to Anchorage in a Girdwood Fire Department ambulance for treatment of his injuries. Providence Alaska Medical Center staff say he is listed Friday in fair condition.