Overdue walrus hunters return safely to Gambell

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2003

NOME (AP) Two Gambell men who were reported overdue from a weekend walrus hunting trip returned safely to Saint Lawrence Island Tuesday morning.

The Coast Guard said Dennis James Jr. and Jerry Aningayou managed to reach the island after getting stuck at sea, about 80 miles out.

The two men reportedly rigged up a makeshift sail after their engine failed, according to the Coast Guard. The men reached home at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The Coast Guard said the two men had heard search planes flying overhead, but were not able to signal rescuers because of poor visibility.

The men were reported overdue after they failed to return from their hunting trip early Sunday.

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