Troopers helicopter crew rescues teens from sandbar as area rivers rise

  • Source: Anchorage Daily News
  • Published: 06/13/2018 12:00 AM

An Alaska State Troopers helicopter crew rescued two 18-year-old campers stranded Monday evening by rising water on the Matanuska River near Sutton. The rescue came as the National Weather Service issued a high-water warning for that river and numerous others in Southcentral Alaska. One of the Eagle River teens, Tatum J. Bertholl, called troopers from a sandbar near where Eska Creek empties into the Matanuska, according to troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters and an online troopers dispatch posted Tuesday. Tatum was camping with a friend, Mikenzie S. Patz, but their vehicle got stuck in mud and rising water when they tried to leave, troopers said. The river's sudden rise also prevented family members from reaching them. Arriving troopers also deemed the river too dangerous to cross.


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