Alaska Air National Guard rescues 3 snowmobilers

ANCHORAGE — An Alaska Air National Guard helicopter crew has rescued three snowmobilers who got stranded in the Talkeetna Mountains.

KTUU-TV reports that Alaska State Troopers were unable to rescue the trio Tuesday night due to darkness.

Guard spokesman Sgt. Edward Eagerton says a Pave Hawk helicopter hoisted the three and flew them to Talkeetna, where they were released to troopers. They declined any medical treatment.

The unidentified trio had said by cellphone that they didn’t have any survival gear or means to start a fire. They were cold, wet and tired when they called for help.

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