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4 children missing in Western Alaska found alive but suffering from hypothermia

The Yukon River village of Nunam Iqua is seen from the air on Sept. 25, 2014. (Lisa Demer / ADN)

All four children missing on a snowmachine outing near Nunam Iqua were found Monday suffering from severe hypothermia, according to an update from Alaska State Troopers.

Ground searchers found the children at about 4:25 p.m. 18 miles south of Western Alaska village. A Coast Guard helicopter transported the children to Bethel, where they were taken to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. hospital, troopers wrote.

The children, ranging in age from 2 to 14, should have returned to Nunam Iqua early Sunday afternoon, troopers said.

Troopers identified the children as Christopher Johnson, 14, Frank Johnson, 8, Ethan Camille, 7, and Trey Camille, 2.

Multiple local, state and federal agencies were involved in the search, including helicopters from the Army National Guard and Coast Guard.

Blizzard conditions hindered search efforts, troopers said.

Nunam Iqua, formerly known as Sheldon Point, is about 500 miles northwest of Anchorage near the Bering Sea coast.

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