Man terrorised by grizzly bear for days before helicopter rescue

  • 31 Jul - 06 Aug, 2021
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A man is lucky to be alive after a horrific ordeal in Alaska that's being compared to Leonardo DiCaprio's 2015 film The Revenant. The unidentified man, who is said to be in his 50s or 60s, spent several days fighting for survival in the wilderness as a grizzly bear stalked him – but then a Coast Guard helicopter crew came to his rescue on July 16. Lt. j.g. A.J. Hammac was first to notice the man stumble out of a small shack at a mining camp 40 miles outside of Nome. It was two hands – he was signaling for help. Commander Carbajal told that their Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter had changed course to avoid cloud cover on their way to a mission when the shocking discovery was made. Though Lieutenant Hammac said it was uncommon for the Coast Guard to come across people in need "in the middle of nowhere," they noticed a shack with "SOS" and "help me" written on the tin roof. The man later told his rescuers he had been staying at the shack since Monday, July 12. In those five days, he suffered non-life-threatening injuries, including bruises and damage to his leg. Citing a 2019 report by Alaskan health officials, the Times reported that 68 people in the state were hospitalised in 66 bear attacks from 2000 to 2017. 10 people died from bear attacks during that period.