Lost Bethel teens found

by Mark Arehart on January 30, 2013

Two teenage boys reported missing have been found after spending two nights out in the cold. The pair, brothers 18-year-old Phillip and 16-year-old Sam Charlie of Bethel became lost Monday while ptarmigan hunting along the Atmautluak trail.

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At around 10:30 this morning Alaska State Trooper Pilot Earl Samuelson spotted the pair walking on a lake near the Johnson River on the way to Nunapitchuk and Kasigluk.
Alaska State Trooper Spokesperson Megan Peters said Samuleson has been a pilot for the troopers for many years.
“And he knows the landscape so well. And when he was out there today he was able to spot them. He was quickly able to let the black hawk helicopter in the area know their location. It was able to land five minutes later and pick them up and took them back to Bethel to be checked out and brought back to their family,” Peters said.

The helicopter was flown by the Alaska Army National Guard.

Several search and rescue teams helped in the finding the pair, including teams from Akiachak, Nunapichak, Napakiak, Napaskiak, Bethel and perhaps more villages.

“The search and rescue volunteers in the state of Alaska, especially in the YK Delta, they’re just invaluable,” Peters said.

The brothers were taken to the hospital here in Bethel. It is unclear what kind of injuries they sustained or if they have yet been released.

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