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Location: Skwentna
Type: Ice Rescue, Iditarod Patrol

Dispatch Text:

On 3-9-2021, the Alaska Wildlife Troopers Knier and Gunderson were at the Iditarod Dogsled Race checkpoint on the Skwentna River at Skwentna and observed an eight-year-old male child fall into a lead of open water and begin to be pulled by the current under the ice. The victim's 10-year-old brother was present and struggling to keep him from being pulled under the ice. Wildlife Trooper Knier and Iditarod Volunteer Doug Ramsey, of Sundance, Wyoming, sprinted to the child and pulled him from to water. The Alaska Wildlife Troopers would like to thank Mr. Ramsey for his selfless act of courage which prevented a tragic loss of life. We would also like to remind everyone who is on or near water to exercise caution and closely monitor their children.

PHOTO: Trooper Knier and Mr. Ramsey standing near the opening in the ice.
PHOTO: The hole in the ice that the eight-year-old boy fell through.
PHOTO: Mr. Ramsey and Trooper Knier. 
PHOTO: The two boys leaving the area with a guardian.

Posted on 3/9/2021 11:42:51 PM by DPS\dggunderson

Posting Section: AK Wildlife Troopers