Saturday, August 17, 2013
The Alaska Air National Guard says crews equipped with night-vision goggles rescued a hunter more than 36 hours after he was mauled by a brown bear in northern Alaska's remote Brooks Range.
The man was part of a guided hunting party about 30 miles north of the tiny village of Anaktuvuk Pass. Initial rescue efforts by local search teams and the Alaska State Troopers were turned back because of dense fog.
The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center learned of the man's plight Thursday. A medical professional who happened to be in a nearby hunting party reached him and stemmed his blood loss.
The Alaska Air National Guard launched a search-and-rescue plane and helicopter from an Air Force base near Fairbanks at 12:30 a.m. Friday. The plane's crew launched flares to guide the helicopter through the pass, and the helicopter reached the victim before 3 a.m. Friday.
The man was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.