Overdue hunter turns up at Klawock clinic after suspended search

Tegan Hanlon

A 52-year-old hunter was located early Tuesday at a Klawock clinic, where he was being evaluated for injury and hypothermia, after an overnight search failed to find him, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Around 6:50 p.m. Monday, troopers received report that James Demmert, of Hydaburg, was nearly three hours overdue after he'd left to go hunting near Big Salt Lake, north of Klawock on Prince of Wales Island.

Klawock Search and Rescue responded, troopers said. After several hours, the searchers had not found him and requested assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard sent a helicopter to assist in the search, troopers said.

By 2 a.m., Demmert had not been located and the search was suspended until daylight. When searchers regrouped Tuesday morning, troopers were notified that Demmert had made his way out of the woods and had gone to the Klawock clinic.

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