October 3, 2022
State troopers rescue seven hunters who were left stranded for a week at an Alaska fish camp
Seven people were rescued late Thursday after being stranded at a remote Alaska fish camp for a week, state troopers said Friday.Ice on the Yukon River stranded the group at the camp about 20 miles east of Emmonak, a small city of around 800 in the southwestern part of the state, Alaska State Troopers said.They…

Seven people were rescued late on Thursday, after they had been stranded at the camp for more than a week.

Ice on the Yukon River stranded the group at the camp about 20 miles east of Emmonak, a small city of around 800 in the southwestern part of the state, Alaska State Troopers said.

They were reported to have been stuck on Oct. 29,, but weather and mechanical problems with a U.S. Coast Guard aircraft prevented their rescue, troopers stated.

Two U.S. Army helicopters were en route for a rescue on Friday. However, a Coast Guard helicopter was able take off from Nome on Thursday night, troopers stated.

The MH -60 Jayhawk helicopter crew lifted the six adults and one teenager from the remote location and transported them to Nome, which is about 130 mile away. Officials said.

There were no injuries and troopers earlier Thursday said that the group was adequately supplied with food, water and shelter. “

The area outside Emmonak is not served by roads. One time, a C -130, large cargo and search-and-rescue aircraft was able drop supplies by parachute to the group.

The group set out on Oct. 25 to hunt and bring back food for Pilot Station and another village, one of the rescued hunters told NBC affiliate KTUU of Anchorage.

Rex Nick, the hunter, said that it was frustrating to wait for rescue. He said that the river had iced over in October 28,.

” It’s almost like the plane will be there and the helicopter will be there. But it never showed up,” said he.

The wife of one of the stranded hunter told KTUU her husband claimed they tried to get home, but it was difficult because of the river’s ice. They then called for help.

The group was equipped with an InReach device which is a satellite communication system and they were able to keep in touch with authorities, according to state troopers.

A Coast Guard spokesperson couldn’t be reached immediately Friday night.

Petty officer 1st class Ali Blackburn said that a weather break allowed the helicopter to fly Thursday to rescue the group. KTUU reported that crews were kept grounded by freezing fog for several days.

Nome is located in Alaska’s western region, near the Bering Sea. Emmonak is also there.

Phil Helsel is a reporter for NBC News.

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