AK: Sheep hunter dies in Alaska Range south of Fairbanks
August 28, 2013
By Tim Mowry, NewsMiner.com
FAIRBANKS—A sheep hunter from Texas was killed in the Alaska
Range south of Fairbanks on Friday after a large rock fell on him as
he was walking along a creek bottom.
Manuel Rechy, 48, of
Laredo, Texas, was on a guided hunt in the area of Red Mountain and
Dry Creek, 49 miles east of the Parks Highway near Healy, when the
accident occurred, according to Alaska State Troopers.
guide who owns the guiding company Rechy was hunting with, Eric
Umphenour, of Fairbanks, called the accident “a freak deal.”
Rechy and an assistant hunting guide were walking down a creek
bottom at around 6:30 p.m., scouting for Dall sheep, when the large
rock broke loose from about 30 feet above them on a hill, Umphenour
The rock, which Umphenour estimated weighed 1,000
pounds, slammed into Rechy, knocking him in the creek and causing
serious injuries to his legs.
The assistant guide pulled the hunter out of the creek and
covered him with his coat before going to alert Umphenour. When the
two guides returned less than an hour later, Rechy was unresponsive,
Rechy was flown to Fairbanks Memorial
Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
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