Alaska Man Survives after the Ice he was on is swept out to sea, leaving him clinging to Chunk until he was saved

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A man in Alaska out for a walk found himself in a battle of survival after the ice he was walking along on the shoreline cracked and carried him into the mouth of the Anchor River. Officials stated that the man was trapped in the cold water for more than an hour before being freed. 

The man, Jaime Snedden (45), from Homer miraculously survived Saturday’s ordeal. Alaska Wildlife Troopers reported that he was saved near Anchor Pointon Kenai Peninsula. statement.

Tim DeSpain, spokesperson for Alaska Wildlife Troopers said Snedden “was reported to have been walking along the shoreline on the ice when it broke free and drifted into the Cook Inlet with the outgoing current,” According to the Associated Press, 

Authorities said he was swept approximately 300 yards into the outlet. Snedden’s head and arms were above water, but the rest of his body was submerged in the freezing water, as he clung to the ice glacier, officials said.  

Alaska Wildlife Trooper Jeremy Baum launched an inflatable pack raft and rowed towards Snedden’s location.

At the same time, a fishing vessel named the Misty also made its way to Snedden after a marine broadcast alert came in that someone was in danger. According to the release Shane Balkely, the ships captain, was able to bring Snedden safely with his clients. 

Snedden was then placed into the Misty’s 8-foot inflatable raft. 

Baum used both rafts to rowed Snedden to shore while medics waited for him. 

“Without their help it would have been much more challenging to rescue Snedden and get him to EMS as quickly as we did,”Baum stated, The Guardian reported

Snedden, who was not wearing any type of personal flotation device, was transported to a hospital, where he was treated for hypothermia. Officials expect him to make a complete recovery.

According to U.S. Coast Guard, that day’s air temperature was 30°F and the water temperature was 38°F.

 

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