A Trapper Creek man was rescued in part, by help from his dog. According to a release, Alaska State Troopers received a report of an active search and rescue in the area of Jake Lake.
Witnesses say that a snow machiner in the area was approached by an Irish Setter dog named “Amber” who led them to her owner, an injured snow machiner lying in the snow. 52-year-old Otis Orth of Trapper Creek had crashed his snow machine and had been lying in the snow since the day before.
“Amber” remained with the owner keeping him warm overnight until she heard the snow machiners go by and grabbed their attention.
Local cabin owners then assisted in keeping Orth warm until medics arrived.
Orth did have multiple injuries and was transported via Life Med helicopter to an Anchorage hospital where he is listed in “stable” condition.
The dog “Amber” was turned over to an acquaintance of the victim.