Two hikers who went missing on Akutan Island have made it back to town. The Oregon natives set off for Akutan’s volcano Tuesday morning, equipped only for a day hike. When they didn’t report for work at Trident Seafoods on Wednesday, the company sent out ground search parties and contracted with PenAir to do flyovers. The State Troopers and Coast Guard joined the search later in the day.
Both hikers ultimately made it out on their own, the first at midnight and the second at 5 o’clock Thursday morning. According to State Trooper Robin Morrisett, the two men were separated at the top of the snow-covered mountain in heavy fog. One of them spent the night in a cave. It’s not clear where the other one found refuge. Both are reported to be in good condition. Morrisett urged all hikers and boaters to file detailed trip plans before setting out. A template is available on the Trooper’s website.