National Guard rescues man from mine near McGrath

Benjamin S. Brasch

Members of the Alaska Air National Guard rescued a 35-year-old man from a mine north of McGrath early Thursday morning, according to the National Guard.

At 11:50 p.m. Wednesday, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital contacted the Air Guard and told them a man in the Nixon Fork Mine needed to be rescued, and LifeMed couldn't respond because of bad weather, said Senior Master Sgt. Rob Carte, senior controller with the Alaska Air National Guard.

"They couldn't go because of lighting, weather and runway conditions," he said.

Sgt. Bernie Kale said the airmen used night vision technology to deal with cloud cover and locate the mine.

Sgt. Edward Eagerton said he couldn't comment on why the man needed to be rescued other than saying that he was having neurological issues.

A helicopter and another aircraft arrived at the mine 3 a.m. Thursday, and by 4:30 a.m., the man was in an Anchorage hospital, according to the National Guard.

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By BENJAMIN S. BRASCH
bbrasch@adn.com