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NOME SEARCH AND RESCUE responded to the call to rescue three Iditarod mushers from overflow near the Solomon River late Friday morning.
NOME SEARCH AND RESCUE responded to the call to rescue three Iditarod mushers from overflow near the Solomon River late Friday morning. - Nome, Alaska
Local Search and Rescue Assists Iditarod Mushers Stuck in Overflow

Just before 9am Friday, Jim West Jr., the head of Nome Volunteer Ambulance Department, received a call from Mike Owens of the Iditarod Trail Committee. When West heard three teams were stuck in overflow he realized they would need more than just a group of snowmachiners to get them out. So West contacted the Alaska State Troopers and Alaska National Air Guard.

“Because we didn’t know how bad these guys were, if they were wet or hypothermic or if hypothermia had set in. They called RCC (Rescue Coordination Center) and RCC released the helicopter to us, I sent down two EMTs in the helicopter along with a couple of dog handlers from Iditarod and they flew down while the ground crew took off.”

West described the mushers Sean Underwood, Tom Knolmayer, and Matthew Failor as having some minor injuries and signs of hypothermia.


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