August 15, 2013


FAIRBANKS — An Anchorage rafter who suffered broken ribs and a severed finger was rescued 25 river miles from Delta Junction on Tuesday night, after his rafting partner hiked out and called for help from the Air National Guard.

Melvin Iler, 62, of Oregon, and Michael Vogel, 56, of Anchorage, were on a sheep hunting trip on the Gerstle River, according to an Alaska State Troopers news release. Vogel was injured when they had an accident that caused him to be dragged behind the raft. After setting up a shelter and fire for Vogel, Iler hiked 15 miles to the Alaska Highway where he summoned help.

Vogel was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and treated for serious but not life-threatening injuries.


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