A Wasilla hunter spent the better part of Thursday night on an unplanned camping trip after he became separated from his partner, Alaska State Troopers said.
The hunting partner notified troopers at 10:20 p.m. Thursday after 56-year-old Victor Ross failed to meet up with him near the bank of the Innoko River, troopers said. The river is northwest of McGrath.
The partner shouted for Ross for four hours, and then reported him missing to troopers using a satellite phone. The Alaska Rescue Coordination center was brought in to help because it was too dark for Alaska Wildlife Troopers to respond. The RCC sent a HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter that found Ross at 4 a.m. Friday at a fire he'd build near the river, troopers said. He was not hurt and declined medical treatment. The helicopter flew him to McGrath.
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