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Rangers Rescue Four Hunters

Western Arctic National Parklands

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On August 31st, the Alaska State Troopers requested assistance from the National Park Service in a search for four men. The group, all from Kotzebue, Alaska, were stranded in a remote location along the Baldwin Peninsula, approximately 20 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Their boat had been swamped by rough seas on August 28th. The men, who were hunting along the peninsula, were reported overdue two days later. A Civil Air Patrol pilot located the overdue party that evening but was unable to land in a fixed-wing aircraft due to the terrain and rough seas. A radio was dropped to the party by the CAP pilot, but shortly after communication was established the radio battery died. Assistance was requested from the park the next morning. The park currently has a contract helicopter in Kotzebue for fall law enforcement patrols. Rangers Dan Stevenson and Galen Howell were flown to the location and utilized the helicopter to extract the men and fly them to Kotzebue.



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