ANCHORAGE - A Wasilla man was rescued from a hunting trip gone bad in the Alaska Range Wednesday afternoon, after he suffered a severe arm injury in a fall.
A Thursday AST dispatch says 49-year-old Charles Kahahawai’s injury near *******, ****** of Talkeetna, was reported to troopers at about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.
“The caller reported Charles Kahahawai, age 49, of Wasilla, was sheep hunting when he fell during a water crossing,” troopers wrote. “Kahahawai was able to contact his family by satellite phone and inform them he had suffered a compound fracture to the shoulder during the fall.”
In an email, AST spokesperson Megan Peters says the area Kahahawai was traversing played a role in his fall.
“It was steep terrain on a mountainside in the area of the ******* drainage, which is on the north side of the Alaska Range,” Peters wrote. “He fell crossing a stream in the steep conditions.”
Troopers relayed Kahahawai’s GPS coordinates to the 11th Air Force’s Rescue Coordination Center, which sent an HC-130 search plane and an HH-60 Pavehawk to pick him up.
“At approximately (4:59 p.m.), RCC reported they located Kahahawai after a short search and transported him to Anchorage for treatment of his injuries,” troopers wrote.
Some of you know Chuck personally, so please pass my well wishes to him and his family.