A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a survivor of a bear assault after recognizing his SOS signal on high of a shack at a distant mining camp in Alaska, according to the agency. The person advised the aircrew the bear harassed him nightly for a number of days after the assault.
The crew noticed the person whereas flying from Kotzebue, Alaska, to Nome final Friday, the Coast Guard mentioned in a press release Tuesday. Close to Nome, the crew noticed the SOS signal and the person waving his arms.
The crew landed and assessed the person. The Coast Guard mentioned he appeared to have suffered a leg damage and a bruised torso.
The Coast Guard did not establish the person, however his rescuers told the New York Times he was in his late 50s or early 60s.
“Sooner or later, a bear had dragged him all the way down to the river,” Lieutenant Commander Jared Carbajal, one of many helicopter pilots, advised the newspaper.
Carbajal advised the Occasions the person had a pistol and he mentioned he hadn’t slept in a number of days. By the point he was rescued, the person solely had two rounds of ammunition left, Petty Officer First Class Ali Blackburn, a Coast Guard spokeswoman, advised the paper.
The crew transported the person to Nome for therapy. Carbajal advised the paper the crew would not have noticed him if their flight path hadn’t passed by the camp.
“If we might have been within the subsequent river valley over,” he mentioned, “we might have completely missed him.”