A hiker who jumped into Passage Canal early Tuesday morning, reportedly to escape a pair of charging bears, was picked up by a helicopter after he climbed back up a slope and called for help, according to the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard said Michael Randall was picked up from the Passage Canal area about 2:50 a.m. after a several-hour ordeal on the mountain. He was cold and wet, but uninjured.
Randall was hiking in an area south of Billings Glacier, about four miles from Whittier on the opposite side of the canal from the community when he came across two bears, which he said charged him, according to the Coast Guard.
It wasn't clear Tuesday what kind of bears they were. Randall could not be reached for comment.
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