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National Guard rescues 2 men near Coal Creek

By KTVA CBS 11 News 3:16 PM August 27, 2014

Officials with the Alaska Air National Guard say two men were rescued after their plane crashed Tuesday night near Coal Creek.

No one was injured when the plane crashed about 55 miles west of Anchorage, according to a release from the National Guard.

The two men used a satellite phone to contact a family member, who then put a call into the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center at around 10 p.m., according to the release.

Airmen with the National Guard’s 210th and 212th rescue squadrons responded to the call within 30 minutes but encountered bad weather. After several attempts, the crews were forced to return to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Senior Master Sgt. Robert Carte encourages all pilots to pack for long-term survival and to have an emergency locator beacon on their aircraft.

“Weather sometimes prevents rescue crews from reaching survivors for days,” he said.

Rescue crews departed JBER again at 1 a.m. Wednesday and were able to reach the survivors. They completed the rescue at around 3 a.m., according to the release.

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