Alaska State Troopers conducted two separate search-and-rescue operations Wednesday, one to rescue two stranded non-resident hunters and one to rescue an injured hiker, who was also from out of state.
Troopers received a call at 5:14 a.m. Wednesday from the International Emergency Response Coordination Center reporting two men stranded on the Wood River.
According to reports, John Hamstra, 43, of Indiana and Timothy Vanderbilt, 39, of Nevada, were floating the Wood River when they lost an oar and became stranded. Troopers responded by helicopter and transported both uninjured men to Fairbanks.
A trooper news release about the operation did not indicate where on the Wood River the incident occurred.
Later that morning, at 9:22 a.m., troopers received a call that Katriliis Riet, 41, of Texas had injured herself while hiking the Granite Tors Trail in the Chena River State Recreation Area outside of Fairbanks.
Alaska State Parks rangers, Alaska Wildlife Troopers and Alaska Wilderness Search and Rescue responded and transported Riet to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.
No additional information was available about Riet's injury.
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