Nome man injured in fall from cliff on snowmobile

Posted: Tuesday, May 20, 2003

NOME (AP) A Nome man suffered a possible broken hip or pelvis Saturday after driving a snowmobile off a cliff over a gorge.

Neal Foster, 31, was medevaced by helicopter to the Norton Sound Regional Hospital and then flown to Anchorage.

Foster is the son of state Rep. Richard Foster, D-Nome.

According to Alaska State Troopers, Foster was about 30 miles north of Nome with a large group of people and had been off riding alone when he went over the cliff and fell about 250 feet.

When the other members of his party realized that he had not returned, they went to look for him and found him in the gorge.

The Nome Volunteer Fire Department responded. Rescuers were able to haul Foster up the cliff to await air transport. Troopers chartered a helicopter for moving Foster to Nome.

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