One person was air-lifted from Lower Russian Lake by the Alaska Air National Guard and taken to Anchorage on Thursday.
The Alaska State Troopers contacted the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center to respond to a “distressed” individual near Lower Russian Lake, a lake about 4 miles up the Russian Lakes trail near Cooper Landing. The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center tasked the Alaska Air National Guard with the response, according to a press release from the Alaska National Guard’s Office of Public Affairs issued Friday.
A Guardan Angel team — including a combat rescue officer and pararescueman — took off from Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson in Anchorage in a HH-60G Hawk helicopter from 210th Rescue Squadron in response. The helicopter reached the person at the lake and flew to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, according to the release.