The US Coast Guard rescued two brothers hunting deer in Southeast Alaska early Sunday morning, after family members reported them overdue.
David Duncan, 38, and Berton Duncan, 24, both of Craig, told family members they would return Friday evening after allegedly hunting in the Upper Steelhead area of Tongass National Forest on Prince of Wales Island.
“Family advised AST that the brothers had not yet returned and their vehicle had been discovered undisturbed on a logging road in the Upper Steelhead area,” Alaska State Troopers said in Sunday dispatch. “Family told AST that both brothers were avid hunters and had grown up hunting in many areas of Southeast Alaska.”
Troopers contacted the Klawock Search and Rescue Team and the USGC, which deployed a Helo to Prince of Wales to begin an aerial search.
Berton Duncan shot a flare gun near the top of one of the Upper Steelhead Area Mountains around 1 a.m. Sunday, which helped the Helo find the brothers.
“They reported that foggy conditions atop the mountains had caused them to become disoriented while hunting,” AST said. “In turn they had descended into a valley approximately eight mile away from where they had left their vehicle. One of the brothers had a sleeping bag and a tarp which kept them dry and warm.”
Both brothers reported no injuries and were medically cleared.
“This case owes its success to cooperation with our partner search and rescue agencies and to the planning of the two hunters,” said Vince Gorchowski, a Sector Juneau watchstander. “These men did the right thing by telling their families where they’d be hunting and staying in contact with them during their trip, and that information told search crews exactly where to look and helped us to quickly resolve this mission and bring these men home safe.”
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