The Cessna 208 which crashed near St. Mary's, Alaska
Clifford Dalton has been a paramedic for more than 20 years.
Dalton said he has taken part in hundreds of medical evacuations in the Bethel region, but what he saw in the wake of a fatal crash near Mountain Village last week was unique.
"We were 450 miles away from a trauma center, there weren't any roads to get there," said Dalton, who was part of the LifeMed Alaska crew that responded.That meant help could only arrive by airplane or from health aides arriving from a nearby community. The LifeMed crew was able to reach survivors within half an hour of the crash.... LifeMed Alaska crew was able to provide advanced healthcare on-site, but he said the residents are really the ones who helped save lives."The people of St. Mary's and Mountain Village, they came together and found that airplane," he said. "They were the first responders who were taking care of those people."
03 December 2013
Paramedic Gives Account Of Plane Crash Rescue
In a copyright story from KTUU Channel 2 in Anchorage:
It's difficult for folks in the Lower 48 to grasp just how remote much of Alaska is. But depending on weather and location, it can take two or three days for teams to get to the site of a plane crash, even when they know exactly where it is. Sometimes, crash sites aren't found for weeks or months ... if they're found at all.