Coast Guard helicopter rescues two overdue hunters in Southeast

nherz@adn.comSeptember 1, 2013 

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescued a pair of hunters in Southeast Alaska after they got lost in foggy conditions and spent a night in the woods, according to the Alaska State Troopers.

Brothers David Duncan, 38, and Berton Duncan, 24, both of Craig, had been deer hunting in the mountains on Prince of Wales Island, troopers said in a written statement. Their family expected them back Friday evening, and reported them missing late Saturday when they hadn't returned, troopers said.

The Coast Guard sent a helicopter to look for the men, and found them around 1 a.m. on Sunday morning, after the brothers shot a flare to broadcast their location, the troopers said.

The men told the troopers that because of the fog, they had accidentally descended into a valley eight miles away from where they'd parked their vehicle, then spent a night in a sleeping bag they'd carried in with them.

The Coast Guard said in a written statement that they had found the brothers "in good condition."

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