A hunter in the remote wilds of Alaska has been rescued in an elaborate mission by the Alaska Air National, 36 hours after he was mauled and nearly killed by a grizzly bear.
The man was on a hunting trip with a guide north of Anatuvuk Pass, Alaska, nearly 300 miles from the nearest city when he was attacked and severely injured on Wednesday. A trained medic who happened to be with a nearby hunting party was able to stabilize him and minimize blood loss.
Dense fog descended on the area and hampered air evacuation efforts by local rescue teams and the Alaska State Police.
The man was on a guided hunt in the wilds of Alaska, hundreds of miles from civilization, when he was attacked and nearly killed by a grizzly bear.
The 11th Air Force Rescue Coordination Center learned of the man’s plight Thursday, about 36 hours after the attack and mounted a massive rescue effort with personnel from the Air National Guard.
The man, whose name was not released, had suffered severe blood loss and other injuries and was at risk of drying in the remote wilderness if he was not evacuated to a hospital.
Officials credited the medic who first treating his wounds with saving the man’s life.
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