Rafters rescued from Chulitna River

Posted: Thursday, July 06, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Six rafters who were trapped by fallen trees in the Chulitna River in Denali State Park were rescued Wednesday, National Park Service officials said.

A guide with Talkeetna River Guides and five passengers got stuck by a ''strainer,'' where trees have fallen beneath and just above the water surface, park service official Jane Tranel said. About 1:30 p.m., the guide called his employer on a cell phone to report the mishap.

State park rangers asked the National Park Service for help, so the park service sent out a rescue helicopter, Tranel said.

State and national park rangers organized the short-haul rescue, with the help of ERA helicopters, as well as the stranded guide, David Madrid, who held the raft steady during the rescue. The effort was completed by 4 p.m., Tranel said.

No one was injured, she said.

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