Seven people are rescued by helicopter after being stranded at remote Alaska fish camp for a week


Seven people are rescued by helicopter after being stranded at remote Alaska fish camp for a week

  • Seven people had to be rescued via airlift onto a helicopter Thursday night after being stranded for a week at a remote Alaska fishing camp
  • Ice on the Yukon River had trapped the group at the camp, which lies about 20 miles east of tiny city of Emmonak, home to a population of only 815 residents 
  • Bad weather and mechanical problems with a helicopter had delayed the rescue efforts for days 
  • The US Coast Guard was able to drop supplies of food and medicine by plane on Sunday, October 31 before they were rescued by helicopter Thursday, October 4
  • Officials said six adults and a teenager were airlifted from the remote site into a helicopter and taken to Nome, about 130 miles away from the fishing camp 
  • Emmonak located 490 miles from Anchorage in Western Alaska, along the coast of the Bering Sea 


Seven people had to be rescued via airlift onto a helicopter on Thursday evening after being stranded for a week at a remote Alaska fishing camp, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Ice on the Yukon River had trapped the group at the camp, which lies about 20 miles east of the tiny city of Emmonak, home to a population of only 815 residents.

The US Coast Guard received a report that the group was stuck on October 29, however bad weather and mechanical issues with a rescue helicopter initially prevented their rescue.  

Seven people had to be rescued after being stranded for a week at a remote Alaska fishing camp, pictured, according to Alaska State Troopers

Pictured: two of the seven hunters who were stranded for a week at a remote Alaska fishing camp

Pictured: two of the seven hunters who were stranded for a week at a remote Alaska fishing camp

Pictured: The stranded hunters received a supply drop on Sunday, October 31 that contained food and medicine, according to authorities

Pictured: The stranded hunters received a supply drop on Sunday, October 31 that contained food and medicine, according to authorities

Pictured: the US Coast Guard drops supplies by parachute with a cargo and search aircraft

 Pictured: the US Coast Guard drops supplies by parachute with a cargo and search aircraft

Troopers had said earlier Thursday that the group was ‘adequately supplied with food, water, shelter, and necessary supplies.’ 

No injuries were reported. 

Officials said six adults and a teenager were eventually airlifted from the remote site into an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and taken to Nome, a city of 9,906 which is about 130 miles away from the fishing camp. 

The closest town to where the camp was located, Emmonak, does not have roads, with supplies containing food and medicine being dropped by parachute by a cargo and search aircraft on Sunday, October 31.

On October 25, the group had set out on a hunting trip and in the process of bringing back food for Pilot Station and another nearby village, Rex Nick, one of the rescued hunters, told NBC affiliate KTUU. 

The river iced over three days later on October 28, he said. 

Pictured: the view from a rescue helicopter as it approaches the remote fishing camp, where seven hunters had become stranded

Pictured: the view from a rescue helicopter as it approaches the remote fishing camp, where seven hunters had become stranded

Pictured: another hunter is rescued after being lifted into a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter

Pictured: another hunter is rescued after being lifted into a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter

Emmonak, pictured, is located 490 miles from Anchorage in Western Alaska, along the coast of the Bering Sea

Emmonak, pictured, is located 490 miles from Anchorage in Western Alaska, along the coast of the Bering Sea

‘It’s like, the plane will be there, the chopper will be there, and it never showed up,’ he said, while telling the station that the wait for rescue was frustrating.

The group of hunters, from Pilot Station, were eventually able to contact authorities thanks to an Inreach – a satellite-based communication device – as there was no cell phone service in the area.  

The Associated Press reports Petty Officer 1st Class Ali Blackburn said that that a break in the bad weather allowed its helicopter to fly Thursday and rescue the group.

Meanwhile, freezing fog kept crews grounded for several days, KTUU reported. 

Emmonak located 490 miles from Anchorage in Western Alaska, along the coast of the Bering Sea.

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