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Search chopper deployed to Zarembo


A rescue helicopter was deployed to Zarembo Island on Saturday, after the Alaska Wildlife Troopers received reports of a lost hunter.

A 14-year-old boy had gotten separated from his companions and lost his way when he called it in at around 1 p.m.

“He had gotten turned around, wasn’t sure exactly how to get back where he started,” Fire Chief Tim Buness explained.

Still within cell-phone coverage, the boy helped Troopers pinpoint his GPS coordinates. A ground crew was prepared to boat over to the island, but due to the shortness of daylight remaining, a Helios 500 chopper was called in from Petersburg. By the time it arrived the lost hunter had reached the road and rejoined his group.

“It was a happy ending,” said Buness. “The fact that he had his cell phone with him and was in contact with somebody made it easier on us.”


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