Alaskan reality star injured while cleaning up storm damage


ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A reality star and Iditarod musher was injured this week while helping clean up storm damage along the west coast of Alaska.

Jessie Holmes, who has starred since 2015 on “Life Below Zero,” a show about rural Alaskan life produced by National Geographic TV, was injured by falling debris at a building in the Golovin community on Wednesday, the report reported. Anchorage Daily News. He was airlifted to Nome for treatment and then sent to a hospital in Anchorage.

Holmes was treated and released, Providence Alaska Medical Center spokesman Mikal Canfield said in an email Friday to The Associated Press.

Holmes lives in the remote Brushkana region of Alaska, located near the Denali Highway, about 150 miles (241.40 kilometers) northeast of Anchorage.

“I wanted to take a moment to let everyone know how much I appreciate all the love, support and prayers,” Holmes wrote in a post on the kennel’s Facebook page Thursday. “I’m lucky to be around such great people and lucky to still be here. My main goal now is to focus on my recovery and get back to my kennel.

Attempts by The Associated Press to reach Holmes and fellow musher Brent Sass on Friday were not immediately successful. National Geographic also did not return messages.

Parts of Alaska’s Bering Sea coast suffered severe damage beginning September 16 as the remnants of Typhoon Merbok moved north through the Bering Strait.

Golovin, a small community in Norton Sound, was among the hardest hit. A damage assessment indicated that 22 of the town’s 64 homes were badly damaged. Of these, seven are probably not salvageable.

Holmes had contacted defending Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Brent Sass and two other mushers, Jeff Deeter and Richie Beattie, to come to Golovin to volunteer for the cleanup effort, Sass said. at the Anchorage newspaper.

On Wednesday, they were pulling waterlogged plywood and insulation to help them dry out, Sass said. They were standing under the plywood when Holmes knocked down a plank, and the whole area collapsed on top of them.

Holmes, who finished third in this year’s Iditarod, was stuck under the pile of plywood, insulation and other building materials.

Sass and Beattie rushed to remove the material from Holmes and pulled it out.

“It was really terrible – it was the longest three minutes of my life trying to get him out,” Sass said.

An online fundraising effort for Holmes has been started by a Golovin resident. The page description said Holmes had internal injuries, a broken wrist and broken ribs.

ABC News

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