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Marshall recounts rescue on the Iditarod trail

By KTVA CBS 11 News 9:22 AM March 6, 2014

"Can't leave a man down like that."

MCGRATH – When Jamaican musher Newton Marshall saw a sled on the side of the trail from Rohn, he didn’t know what to expect.

“I stopped and walked over cause I didn’t see anybody,” said the veteran racer. “I walked over to see if he walked up the trail to see what the conditions were in front of him, but he was shouting for help.”

Marshall said musher Scott Janssen was immobilized by a broken ankle; losing his voice and shivering in the frigid temperatures. But the two men were miles from help.

“I tried to pick him up to take him off the ice, but that didn’t go very far because he was in so much pain,” Marshall said. “It was like I was feeling the same pain that he was going through.”

Janssen couldn’t reach the emergency locator device on his sled, so Marshall said he brought him the box and allowed the injured musher to make the decision to push the button himself. Marshall said he stayed with Janssen for roughly 30 minutes before help arrived and the Jamaican musher went on his way.

“I wasn’t going to leave him, because he also had a concussion,” Marshall said. “Can’t leave a man down like that.”

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