Anchorage sheep hunter rescued near Delta

Aug 15, 2013 -- 10:15am
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A 56-year-old Anchorage man injured in a rafting accident near Delta Junction was rescued by the Alaska Air National Guard. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Mike Vogel was on a sheep hunting trip Tuesday and rafting on the Gerstle River. He came out of the raft and was dragged behind it.  Vogel suffered broken ribs and a severed finger. His hunting partner, 62-year-old Melvin Iler of Oregon, set up a fire and shelter for Vogel and then hiked 15 miles to the Alaska Highway, where he summoned help. An Air National Guard helicopter found Vogel at 8:45 p.m. He was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and treated for serious injuries. The Air Guard says pilots had to contend with wildfire smoke limiting visibility to less than a mile.

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