The US Coast Guard rescued a man last week who was attacked by a grizzly bear in the Alaskan wilderness and then stalked by the animal for a week in his cabin. Wounded, exhausted from little sleep and with only two bullets left in his gun, the elderly man was eventually spotted by rescuers in a helicopter that happened to fly over. They had seen the big cry for help on the roof of the hut: ‘SOS’ and ‘Help me’.
The US Coast Guard helicopter flew last Friday from Kotzebue to Nome, both located on the west coast of the US state of Alaska. Due to cloud cover, the pilot decided to follow a slightly different route, one that led over the small camp in the remote wilderness about 60 kilometers from Nome. “If we had kept flying through the adjacent valley, we would never have found it,” pilot Jared Carbajal told English-language media.
But now they saw a hut, a shed and a small toilet block. ‘SOS’ was written on the roof of one of the buildings and a man was propped up on his hands and knees in the doorway. He waved a white flag. The helicopter landed.
Carbajal saw that the man was injured in one leg. He also had a bruised chest. The man – about 50 or 60 years old – told the pilots that on July 12 he encountered a bear that attacked him. The animal dragged him to a river, but the man struggled free and fled back to his camp. The grizzly followed the man and then continued to harass him every night for nearly a week.
He said the bear kept coming back and he hadn’t slept in nights
The victim did not have a telephone and could not reach the outside world. Anxiously he remained in the buildings of his camp. A door of one of the buildings was knocked away by the predator.
“He had a gun, but there were only two bullets in it,” Carbajal said. “He said the bear kept coming back and he hadn’t slept in nights.”
The Coast Guard delivered first aid to the camp and then took the man to a hospital in Nome. There he continues to recover from his injuries. Friends in that town had already reported him missing.
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Man is injured by bear attack and then hides in cabin for a week from stalking predator | Abroad
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