Anchor Point snowmachiner found safe

Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2002

A lost snowmachiner walked out of the woods safely Monday near Ninilchik, Alaska State Troopers said.

Scott Prevost, 26, of Anchor Point, was reported missing Sunday afternoon after his snowmachining partner returned without him.

Prevost and Dan Giorgi, also of Anchor Point, left from North Fork Road in Anchor Point and traveled to Caribou Lake Lodge. On the return trip, the two got separated, troopers said.

Giorgi returned safely but reported Prevost missing when he didn't come home.

NOMAD searchers looked for Prevost Sunday night. Troopers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service joined the search Monday morning.

Troopers were using one Marine helicopter to look for Prevost, and two other helicopters were en route to the search when Prevost arrived at a residence off Deep Creek Farm Road in Ninilchik.

According to Trooper Sgt. Jim Hibpshman in Homer, Prevost's snowmachine had become stuck in deep snow. When Prevost was unable to free it and couldn't find his companion, he began walking.

Though troopers had not found the snowmachine Monday afternoon, Hibpshman said Prevost must have walked at least 10 miles Sunday night and Monday morning.

"He had a long walk last night," Hibpshman said. "He's tired and hungry, but he's in good shape."

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