March 16, 1997 in Nation/World

Snowmobilers Rescued After Plunging Over Crevasse

Associated Press

Three snowmobilers who plunged over the edge of a 70-foot crevasse in southern Alaska lay injured on a narrow ice shelf for five hours before they were airlifted to safety.

Two of the men, Richard Runser, 56, and Herbert Bond, 32, were hospitalized Saturday with broken bones. Clark Perry, 38, was treated and released after Friday’s accident.

The men tumbled about 25 feet onto the shelf, which was only about 15 feet by 20 feet. Bond said the snowmobiles were piled in a heap.

“Rich was underneath and we had to drag him out,” Bond told KTUU-TV. “After that, I was laid up.”

The men were among a group driving on trails about 100 miles northeast of Anchorage.

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