Whether the weather be cold, or whether the weather be hot, whatever the weather, no matter the weather, always bring a SPOT! At least that is Ed and Elias Stratton’s motto after an incident they had traveling down the Skwentna River.
Elias Stratton and his father Ed had both navigated the river before and knew that it was best to stay to the left of the river but recognized how high the river was after flooding that occurred earlier in the year. Ed, owner of Alaska Big Game Guides, was piloting the airboat when he noticed a deadhead and quickly turned the boat to avoid it but clipped the sand bar in the process.
The boat flipped and quickly began filling with water. Elias recalls pulling his dad out of the boat by his collar while their friend kicked out a window to escape the quickly capsizing vessel. As the cold, fast moving water pierced their bodies, the men began to make their way to a sand bar that was about 30 yards away. Shock was setting in and they couldn’t believe what had just happened. It was dark, raining, the men were drenched, and their survival kit was on the boat that was now submerged.
Suddenly a boat comes by. The men jumped up and down screaming to get their attention but it was just too dark, too rainy and would have been too good to be true. At this point, Elias remembered that he had his SPOT device and pressed S.O.S. After enduring a night of being cold and wet in the terrible weather conditions, The Alaska National Guard showed up around sunrise and they got to take a ride in a black hawk which was a highlight for the trio.
“We have been carrying the SPOT GEN3 with us on a number of outings for a little over two years, just in case, “said Ed Stratton. “We were very fortunate to have had the technology handy when things took a turn for the worse and recommend it to many of our family and friends.”
Alaska is in the top 5 regions of where SPOT rescues have occurred and hiking, boating, fishing, and hunting make up 45% of the incident types.
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