Hiker attacked by bear on Afognak Island

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter inside a hangar at Cold Bay in early October, so that Kodiak-based air crews can respond quickly during the winter fishing season. (Photo courtesy Petty Officer 1st Class Charly Hengen/Coast Guard District 17)

A 31-year-old man who was mauled by a grizzly bear on Afognak Island was medevaced by the Coast Guard on Oct. 26 and brought to Air Station Kodiak, and placed in the care of emergency medical technicians.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak hoisted the man, who sustained multiple lacerations to his leg from the attack.

The helicopter was launched after Coast Guard District 17 command center in Juneau received a satellite phone call from member of the hiking party requesting the medevac.

“Urgent situations like today require swift response from properly trained people, with assets capable of responding to persons in distress,” said Coast Guard Ens. Scott Peters, Sector Anchorage commanding officer for the case. “Today that was us,” he said.