Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Anchorage Man and Two Sons Rescued After Getting Lost Near Tanacross
An Anchorage man and his two sons who got lost picking mushrooms Tuesday near Tok were rescued by a commercial air service’s float plane.
FAIRBANKS — An Anchorage man and his two sons who got lost picking mushrooms Tuesday near Tok were rescued by a commercial air service’s float plane.
Byron Stanley, 40, and his two sons, 16 and 12, caught a boat at the Tanana River landing near Tanacross, a village about 190 miles southeast of Fairbanks, according to Alaska State Troopers. The group was dropped off at a mushroom-picking camp roughly 25 miles downriver from Tanacross.
According to troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen, the three had little wilderness experience and were not familiar with the area. After walking about two and a half miles inland north of the Tanana River, they became lost.
Troopers in Tok received a call from Stanley about 5 p.m., and a rescue plane was launched from Tok-based 40-Mile Air service.
After an hour-long search, the family was found and directed to Glaman Lake, where a float plane from 40-Mile Air picked them up. All three hikers were reported to be in good condition.
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