Alaska State Troopers

Three men were rescued Thursday morning after getting caught in an early season avalanche while sheep hunting in the Chugach Mountains, Alaska State Troopers said.

Two of the men had injuries that required medical attention — one with a dislocated shoulder, the other with cold weather injuries, the Alaska Army National Guard said in a news release.

“One of the guys was buried and the other two individuals had to dig him out,” said Alaska Army National Guard Lt. Col. Michele Edwards. “That was the one who had the cold-weather injuries.”

The hunters activated a distress signal on a satellite communicator shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday, triggering an Air National Guard rescue mission. The men were located around 1:15 a.m. and transported to Providence Hospital in Anchorage, troopers said.

The men were near a glacier above Hunter Creek Airstrip in the Knik River Valley when the avalanche occurred, according to the release. The Knik River Valley is located in the Chugach Mountains northeast of Anchorage.

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