A man survived a sleepless confrontation with a grizzly bear in his remote Alaskan mining camp, where the beast wounded him and then stalked him relentlessly every night for several days in hopes of finishing him off.
Man rescued after days of wrestling with grizzly bear in Alaskan cabin
The unidentified man, in his 50s and 60s, suffered a leg injury and a bruised torso from his struggle with the bear, according to the U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew that saved him.
According to the crew of the Coast Guard helicopter that saved him. The Coast Guard saw a “HELP ME” message scrawled on the roof of the man’s small mining shack July 16 on a helicopter overflight during an unrelated mission.
“We didn’t really run into people in the middle of nowhere,” the lieutenant colonel said. “When we got there, he was on his knees and waving a white flag.”
“They brought the helicopter down and discovered the man was wounded, sleep deprived and without ammunition to defend himself from the bear.”
“He had a gun,” said the helicopter’s pilot, Lt. Cmdr. Jared Carbajal. “The man claimed the bear came back every night and that he hadn’t slept in several days.”
“The man had wrapped his leg wound with duct tape and appeared to be coming off the adrenaline of his battle with the bear,” officials told the Times.
He had been alone in the cabin outside Nome, Alaska, since July 12, working on a small mining operation in an area with no cover.
“At some point, a bear dragged him into the river,” Carbajal told the newspaper. “I imagine he’d be a little crazy after not having slept that long,” he told the Times.