Man Mauled by Bear is Rescued —36 Hours Later
After 2 failed attempts, National Guard sends plane, chopper, para-team in night-vision goggles
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2013 5:11 PM CDT
Killisnoo, left, an orphaned six-year-old Alaskan Coastal Brown Bear, and his brother Chiak play in the water in Sitka, Alaska.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

(Newser) – It took 36 hours and a rescue operation worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster to save a man mauled by a brown bear while hunting in Alaska. First, a local rescue team tried to find the man, who was attacked 35 miles north of Anaktuvuk Pass, but its helicopter couldn't get through the fog. Next, state troopers tried to reach him, but also failed to get to the remote location. Finally, the Alaska Air National Guard was called in, which sent a plane and a helicopter carrying pararescue teams, the Anchorage Daily News reports.

"The crews were operating during the darkest part of night-time hours on night vision goggles," the National Guard said in a statement. "The [plane] had to dispense illumination flares to help the helicopter crew get through the pass and find the site and guide them back through the pass on the return." The rescuers finally reached the man at 3am this morning—but it still wasn't over. When the helicopter reached the hospital, it was too foggy to land, so it had to go back to an Airforce base and send him via ambulance.

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Aug 19, 2013 8:32 AM CDT
" a man mauled by a brown bear while hunting in Alaska." Definitely karma at work. Hunters you should know that some days you get the bear and some days the bear gets you. This seems only fair.
Aug 18, 2013 12:19 PM CDT
Did that NG team check with ex Gov. Palin before going in? Just askin' . . .
Aug 18, 2013 6:50 AM CDT
Its actually a good movie lol