Alaska man hunted and attacked by a grizzly bear for a week; Rescued by U.S. Coast Guard helicopter after writing 'SOS' on top of a roof.
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While a Coast Guard helicopter was flying between Kotzebue and Nome in Alaska, copilot Adam Carr noticed a sign that read — SOS sign on top of a shack’s roof. 

Lieutenant Commander Jared Carbajal circled the helicopter back over the remote deserted mining camp to investigate and found a man, Richard Jessee, frantically waving his hands in the air to get their attention.  

It turns out Jessee had been mauled by a grizzly bear day earlier.

According to the Coast Guard, the attack injured his leg and bruised his torso.  

The miner was taken to a Nome emergency room; the Coast Guard said in a statement Tuesday night.

Jessee told The Nome Nugget, “The bear came out of nowhere. It rolled my trailer over like it was a toy.”  

He said that after firing at the bear with his pistol, he escaped to his cabin, but the bear followed him and attempted to find his way in through the windows and doors. 

Jessee placed plywood on his roof that read “SOS” then hid in his cabin for days. 

“The big lesson here is that I shouldn’t go out by myself,” Jessee said, adding he’s seen as many as 25 bears near his cabin. “I’ll never do that again. I’m a fortunate man.”

Both Brown and Black bears are common in the state. According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaska has an estimated 30,000 brown bears and 100,000 black bears.



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