A US Coast Guard crew rescued a man in Alaska who said he was attacked and constantly harassed by a bear for a week in a row.
Coastguard officials said on Friday that a crew was on their way to the western town of Nome when they noticed an SOS sign atop a shack. After circling towards the cabin, they noticed a man waving both hands in the air, which is considered an international distress signal.
When the crew landed, the man told the crew he wanted medical attention after being attacked by a bear. He said after the attack he headed for the cabin, but the bear then returned and “harassed him every night for a week in a row.”
“At one point a bear had dragged him down to the river,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jared Carbajal, one of the pilots, told The New York Times. ” He had a gun. He said the bear came back every night and hadn’t slept for a few days.
The man appeared to have bruises on his chest and an injured leg, according to the Coast Guard. The crew then transported him to Nome for medical treatment.
It is not uncommon for the people of Alaska to encounter bears. According to the Alaska Department of Fisheries and Games, all three North American bear species – black, brown, and polar – reside in the state and “you’ll never be far from one; Alaska is bear country ”.
According to Alaskan health officials, 68 people in the state were hospitalized and ten people died from bear attacks from 2000 to 2017. In June, a woman in Alaska went missing for more than ‘a day after reporting she had been attacked by bears.
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