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Quinhagak Brothers Safe After Rescue Along Kuskokwim

Published On: Mar 11 2014 08:36:00 AM AKDT
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Two Quinhagak men were rescued after becoming lost traveling from Eek to Bethel around 1 a.m. Thursday.

Alaska State Troopers report that Quinhagak brothers Herman Wassillie, 27, and Wilson Wassillie, 28, were taking a four wheeler from Eek to Bethel when they were reported overdue Thursday, Mar. 6.

The elder Wassillie was able to use a cell phone and reported that he and his brother had lost the trail just before 1 a.m., Troopers reported.

The men were prepared to stay out overnight in the elements and had made a fire to stay warm.

Bethel Search and Rescue conducted a ground search. Around 9:30 a.m. a Department of Public Safety pilot located the brothers on a slough of the Kuskokwim River.

Troopers say the pilot landed his plane on the river, picked them up, and flew them back to Bethel.

Both men declined medical treatment.