A biker is rescued after taking a big fall on Near Island

Ambulance at Trident Basin after a man was rescued by emergency responders on Near Island. (Photo by Mitch Borden/KMXT)

Mitch Borden/KMXT

Recently on a rainy day in Kodiak, a man biking around Near Island wrecked while going through the forest on the South End Trail. He fell about 20 to 30 feet down an embankment. After landing on a beach, he realized he needed help and called 911. Emergency responders then set out to find him, which didn’t take long.

To rescue the man, the Kodiak Fire Department, Kodiak Police Department, and the city’s ports and harbors office worked together to get him to safety. The Kodiak Fire Department’s Deputy Fire Chief Frank Dorner says instead of hoisting the man back up to the trail, responders chose to transport him off the beach by boat.

“It’s easier to bring a patient around on a skiff [than] it is to rig and pull them back on high angle type rescue.”

The man was in stable condition when he arrived alongside emergency responders to Trident Basin where an ambulance was waiting to take him to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center for further treatment.

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