A Homer man whose snow machine broke down survived a night in the Caribou Hills and walked home while rescuers were out searching for him Monday morning.
Charles Moore, 51, of Homer was last seen on Sunday at about 10 a.m. He was reported missing on Sunday night when he didn’t arrive home. He walked out on his own and showed up at home at about 11:45 a.m. He then went to the fire department near 14 mile East End Road at about 11:50 a.m. He was uninjured.
Moore told workers at the Kachemak Emergency Service that his snowmachine broke down. He crashed into a tree on the snow machine and had gotten stuck a few times before it quite operating.
“He made a fire and had some food and spent the night in what we estimate was 28 degree weather,” said Alaska State Trooper Spokesperson Beth Ipsen. AST had chartered a helicopter to do an aerial search Monday morning. There also were 16-20 Snomads on snowmachines searching the area near Mile 14 of East End Road.
KESA Fire Chief Bob Cicciarella was notified at 7:30 a.m. Monday and immediately set to assembling his search and rescue crew. They searched until 11:30 p.m. Snowmads and the Troopers along with KESA were all part of the search.
Cicciarella said it’s important for searchers to check in with KESA before they set off.
“A search has to be very organized. We’ve worked really hard as a group to make sure that we perform under the incident command system and make sure there’s accountability so we don’t have another search on our hands,” he said. “We also want to make sure we cover the areas effectively in an organized fashion.”
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