Forestry crew rescues lost man

Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2008

ANCHORAGE - A Colorado man lost in the Southcentral Alaska wilderness was rescued by state Division of Forestry workers investigating a fire the man lit to keep warm.

John Anger, 46, said Monday he had been lost for six days.

Anger told Alaska State Troopers he was flown to a lakeside cabin and that he planned to walk out. He had been told the hike would take one day, he said.

On the second day of the hike out, he ran out of food, he told troopers. He lit a fire to stay warm but the fire burned out of control.

The Forestry Division did a flyover to check on the fire Monday and spotted Anger.

The crew airlifted him to Willow.

Anger was rushed by ambulance to Mat-Su Regional Hospital. He was somewhat dehydrated, said Dennis Brodigan, director of Mat-Su Emergency Services, but appeared to be in satisfactory condition on the ambulance ride.

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