Helicopter lifts 3 men off ice floe drifting off Nome
March 12, 2019 12:00PM AKDT
NOME, Alaska (AP) – Three men were rescued from an ice floe that broke loose from shore ice outside Nome.
Alaska State Troopers say 43-year-old John Culp Jr., 33-year-old James Gibson and 45-year-old Phillip Rode were plucked off the ice by helicopter. Their hometowns were not immediately available.
Troopers just before 6:30 p.m. Sunday took a call of the men on the floe.
The ice broke off the main ice shelf along a beach and drifted slowly into the Bering Sea.
Nome Search and Rescue at the time was responding to a person injured on a snowmobile but coordinated the rescue of the men on the ice.