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Overdue snowmachiner found by ground search and rescue teams

Drone shot of Scammon Bay during the fall of 2022.
Gabby Salgado
Drone shot of Scammon Bay during the fall of 2022.

UPDATE Jan. 4, 2024 at 9:50 a.m.: Alaska State Troopers report that ground search teams found the 25-year-old male alive and uninjured at around 6 p.m. on Jan 3.

Ground search teams from Chevak and Scammon Bay have located a snowmachiner that had been missing since New Year’s Day, according to Alaska State Troopers.

The unnamed, 25-year-old man was located alive and uninjured on Jan. 3 at 6 p.m., according to a trooper report. The man was transported to Chevak by searchers.

Along with ground search teams from Chevak and Scammon Bay, the Alaska Air National Guard assisted with an aerial search on Jan. 3.

Original article below:

An man who was traveling from Chevak to Scammon Bay on a snowmachine has been missing since the afternoon of Jan 1.

Alaska State Troopers say that they got a report late New Year's Day that a 25-year-old male on a blue and white snowmachine was overdue. According to a trooper report, the man had left Chevak at around 3:00 p.m. Troopers have not made the missing man’s name public.

According to the report, ground search teams from Chevak and Scammon Bay searched the 21-mile route between the two communities; there were no signs of the snowmachine or its driver. The state troopers’ report says that poor weather prevented an aerial search on Tuesday, Jan 2, but the ground search did continue. On Wednesday, Jan. 3, troopers say that an Alaska Air National Guard C-130 conducted an aerial search to support the ground search.

Troopers say that the missing snowmachiner has not been located, but that the search is ongoing.

This article was originally published under the headline: "Search underway for overdue snowmachiner". It has been updated to reflect that the snowmachiner was found.

Francisco Martínezcuello was the KYUK News Reporting Fellow from November 2022 through January 2024. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Journalism. He is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
Sage Smiley is KYUK's news director.