Grayling men survive a week in the wilderness

by Sophie Evan on October 1, 2012

A couple of Yukon men were found safe and sound after missing for a week. Alaska State Troopers say that two men from the upper Yukon village of Grayling left the morning of September 24th, planning to return that same evening. However, they did not.

50-year-old Michael Hamilton, and Edgar Rock, age 52, left Grayling in an 18-foot boat, headed North. When they had not returned, Troopers say they asked villages along the Yukon River if the men had been seen. A river search could not be conducted due to poor weather conditions. A Trooper aircraft was able to fly over the area, but returned without any sightings.

On Friday, September 28th, a civil air patrol aircraft and an Alaska Wildlife Trooper aircraft were able to join the search. Troopers say they spotted an overturned boat six miles north of Grayling. The search effort was concentrated on that area where Edgar Rock was found safe and sound on a sand bar. The second man, Michael Hamilton, was found near the village of Grayling alive and well.

Troopers say the men were on their way back to Grayling when their boat was overturned by waves. The Alaska State Troopers would like to thank the people of Grayling, Anvik, Aniak, and the Civil Air Patrol for their help.

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