Alaska in the depths alone, not sleeping and no less than ammunition, one man spent a sleepless week watching the grizzly bears repeat. Luckily, the lonely camper was finally rescued – but for several sleepless days, it’s safe to say that he wondered if his experience would result in happiness. The U.S. Coast Guard said an unnamed man had been stationed at remote mining camp kilometers 64 kilometers (40 miles) from the isolated town of Alaskan earlier this month.
On July 16, a crew from Coastguard Air Station Kodiak flew into the area on a routine flight and noticed something unusual: an SOS mark on a remote shack (pictured below). They returned to the camp to see a man with two hands in the air. Upon landing, Kruti saw a man with a chest injury and an injured leg, who had just come through a week-long staff off with a grizzly bear.
“It simply came to our notice then. He was somehow a fighter. When we got around, he was carrying a white flag on his arm and knee, “Lieutenant AJ Hammak, a 35-year-old co-pilot who rescued the man, told the New York Times (NYT). “He certainly looked like he was out for a while,” he said. The man – who rescuers say was in his 50s or early 60s – said a bear had been beating him for a week, returning to his cabin every night. Although he had a pistol to defend himself, he had only two shots left and was suffering from sleep deprivation.
Lieutenant Commander Jared Carbazal explained, “At one point a bear took him to the river bank,” while at other times he seemed to have endured his injuries. The man was taken back to Nome where he was treated for his injuries. The grizzly bear is, quite frankly, an animal you don’t want to mess with. Despite weighing 600 kilogram (1,500 pounds), they can run up to 64 kilometers per hour (40 miles per hour), faster than Usain Bolt’s 100-meter sprint world record.
If you find yourself coming in contact with Grizzly, it’s a bad idea to run (instead, the National Park Service instructs people to just play dead.) “Leave your pack and die,” NPS advises. Put your hands behind your neck and put “Leya” on your stomach. Spread your legs to make it harder for the bear to turn around. Stay calm until the bear leaves the area. Fighting backwards usually increases the intensity of such attacks. But if the attack continues, fight hard. Use whatever you have to hit the bear’s face.”