Pilot Station man found in SAR

by Angela Denning-Barnes on February 22, 2013

A search and rescue ended successfully when a Pilot Station man was found between Bethel and the Yukon River. On Feb. 17, Darrel Nick, 37, left Bethel by himself planning to snow machine to Pilot Station but ended up spending the night out in the field.

He had left Monday at about 5 p.m. When he hadn’t arrived in the village by Tuesday morning, Alaska State Troopers in Saint Mary’s were contacted. It was reported that Nick was unfamiliar with the area and was not traveling with extra supplies. He was traveling on a new Skidoo.

An aerial search was conducted and search and rescue teams from Bethel, Pilot Station, and Saint Mary’s searched the area by snow machine.

At about 10 p.m. Tuesday night, Nick was located by two snow machiners who were separated from a main Yukon search group. Unable to contact the rest of the group, they brought Nick back to Pilot Station. The rest of the group kept looking for the man and found out he made it home safely when they returned to the village.

Nick had run out of gas about 30 miles North of Bethel. He had to spend one night out in the field but was otherwise in good health.

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