Search continues for 2 missing snowmachiners near Nome
Searchers near Nome are still seeking a pair of snowmachiners who were traveling there from Teller this week, but never arrived.
Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said a Black Hawk search helicopter was on standby Friday, but aircraft were unable to fly due to poor weather conditions.
"Ground searchers may be going out to check ALL the shelter cabins," Peters wrote in an email. "Apparently only the ones along the road were checked."
Teller is about 70 miles northwest of Nome. In an online dispatch, troopers say 38-year-old David Miller and 37-year-old Rex Iyatunguk, both of Teller, left the village around noon Monday on a blue Polaris 550.
Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said in an email Thursday it was reported the pair did not have emergency supplies or gear with them.
Due to poor weather conditions, search teams were not sent out until noon Tuesday, 24 hours after the snowmachiners began their trip, the dispatch said. Searchers were able to check all shelter cabins, but windy, whiteout conditions forced them to return to Nome.
Efforts to find the missing pair are continuing while the community of Nome prepares to receive international attention. Mushers and their teams will arrive in the coming weeks to cross the finish line of the 1,000-mile Iditarod sled dog race.
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