AK: Hunter rescued after being hurt in raft accident on Gerstle River
August 15, 2013
FAIRBANKS — An Anchorage rafter who suffered broken ribs and a
severed finger was rescued 25 river miles from Delta Junction on
Tuesday night, after his rafting partner hiked out and called for
help from the Air National Guard.
Melvin Iler, 62, of
Oregon, and Michael Vogel, 56, of Anchorage, were on a sheep hunting
trip on the Gerstle River, according to an Alaska State Troopers
news release. Vogel was injured when they had an accident that
caused him to be dragged behind the raft. After setting up a shelter
and fire for Vogel, Iler hiked 15 miles to the Alaska Highway where
he summoned help.
Vogel was taken to Fairbanks Memorial
Hospital and treated for serious but not life-threatening injuries.
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