A 22-year-old hiker who lost his way during a camping trip south of Craig on Prince of Wales Island was rescued Friday night by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew.
According to Alaska State Troopers, Samuel Jackson, a North Carolina resident working at a fishing lodge near Craig, failed to report for work after an overnight camping trip. The lodge contacted the Coast Guard at about 7 p.m. Friday after a search team from the lodge wasn’t able to locate Jackson.
Just before 11 p.m. that night, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka found Jackson near Waterfall Creek, about 10 miles south of Craig, according to the Coast Guard. They were able to see his flashlight on a ridge a couple of miles from the nearby trail.
Jackson was not injured, and was taken back to the lodge.