Grizzly Bear Attacks Man in Alaska

Grizzly Bear Attacks Man in Alaska

The US Coast Guard was flying from Kotzebue to Nome and spotted the man down by the river. The Coast Guards mission? Well, it had nothing to do with a search and rescue. Their mission was to take some scientists to search for dead whales, walruses and seals along the coast. Alaska man injured by bear that kept returning to his isolated hut in the wilderness.

The US Coast Guard was flying from Kotzebue to Nome and spotted the distressed man down by the river. Alaska, USA.

“We don’t really come across people in the middle of nowhere,” said co-pilot Lt AJ Hammac. “He was kind of struggling. When we came around, he was on his hands and knees waving a white flag.”

A remote mining camp near Nome, Alaska, where a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrew rescued the survivor of a bear attack, on 16 July. Photograph: US coast guard/AFP/Getty Images

If this sounds like The Revenant 2, it’s not, but the story sure sounds very similar.

The man who was rescued was badly injured and alive, but needed help. Day after day the grizzly kept coming back for more and repeatedly attacked the man.

The unnamed man’s ordeal was detailed in the New York Times. It was said that the man was in his late 50’s and he had been isolated at a mining camp about 40 miles from the town of Nome.

“He said that the bear kept coming back every night and he hadn’t slept in a few days,” Lt Cmdr Jared Carbajal, one of the pilots of the coast guard helicopter, told the Times.

He was only spotted when the helicopter had changed its course slightly to avoid some clouds. The chopper spotted the man’s SOS sign and made a quick landing. The man’s leg was bandaged and the door of his tin shack had been torn off.

“We don’t really come across people in the middle of nowhere,” said co-pilot Lt AJ Hammac. “He was kind of struggling. When we came around, he was on his hands and knees waving a white flag.”

“He definitely looked like he had been out there for a while,” he said.

“If we would have been in the next river valley over,” Cdr Carbajal said, “we would have totally missed him.”

The man is now recovering from his grizzly attack.


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