Lost snowmachiner rescued near Seward

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Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2005

A 31-year-old Anchorage snowmachiner was rescued Monday evening after spending five hours lost in the vicinity of Lost Lake near Seward.

Alaska Bureau of Wild-life Enforcement Troopers and members of the Bear Creek Volunteer Fire De-partment received word that Sean Rood had become separated from a group of snowmachiners after he stopped to replace a belt on his machine, and did not show up at a trail head as expected.

Rood was last seen by the group at 6 p.m. when he stopped to make the repairs and the group continued on down to the trail head.

When Rood did not come down off the mountain, the group went back to the area where they last saw him, but could not find him.

At 9:05 p.m., two teams of volunteer firefighters responded to the area on snowmachines, and found Rood at 11 p.m., according to troopers.

Rood said he had driven his snowmachine into a ravine and got stuck. He then walked about 3 1/2 hours trying to find his way out and became exhausted.

When he heard searchers nearby, he made his way toward them and was spotted. He was reported to be in fair condition.

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