It's been a busy afternoon today with boating deaths near Kasilof, the search for a fisherman in Shaktoolik and a cryptic shooting death in Soldotna. But there's one thing I was hoping to follow up on ...
In this story of two brothers being rescued clinging to a buoy in Norton Sound, the fishermen's mother says the young men who saved her boys were Michael Rock and A.J. Nakarak of Shaktoolik.
Edna Savetilik says she and other villages had been watching as waves washed over the 22-foot fishing boat, which was heavy with salmon and riding low in the water yesterday.
"Those boys jumped up, went to their boat, took off. ... They were the first ones that got to my boys (and) pulled them out of the water," she said.
Aren't they the same young men who who rescued a friend from a grizzly attack back in 2007?
An excerpt from that story:
The three hunters had taken a boat a couple of hours upriver from the village and had walked another two miles when Evan was attacked. His companions (Rock and Nakarak) shot the bear several times, killing it.
With their friend badly injured, they made a leg tourniquet with a belt strap from rain pants and fashioned a splint from branches to keep his legs together below the knees. They hauled Evan back to the boat and sped back to the village. They elevated his knees and kept him warm.