Bear Glacier

The Bear Glacier is shown in a 2015 photo. Rescuers reached a former Kossuth County man and another skier who had been stranded on the glacier since Friday due to bad weather.

ANCHORAGE — A former Kossuth County man stranded on an Alaskan glacier for four days was rescued on Tuesday.

Chris Hanna, formerly of Lone Rock, and another skier, Jennifer Neyman, were rescued Tuesday afternoon by helicopter from Bear Glacier.

They’d been at the glacier, hunkered in a snow cave, after being stranded by bad weather on Friday. The glacier is about 70 miles from Anchorage.

Hanna moved from Kossuth County to Soldotna, Alaska, about seven years ago. Neyman also lives in Soldotna.

Four Alaska Air National Guard members trudged through miles of difficult terrain in order to reach the pair on foot while another team waited for a break in the weather to try an air rescue.

Although rescuers couldn’t land for days, a supply plane dropped sleeping bags, food, fuel and a radio, all in a lighted package.

Shortly after noon Tuesday, the air crew got the break in snowy, windy weather it needed to land the helicopter on Bear Glacier and rescue the pair.

Hanna’s oldest daughter, Abby, relayed the good news of Tuesday’s rescue to relatives.

“We were all glad to hear that,” said his father, Gene Hanna, of Lone Rock.

The pair were in good condition.

Hanna’s sister, Gina Helmers of Algona, couldn’t wait to talk to her brother.

It would give her the chance to wish him happy birthday: Hanna turned 46 on Monday.

“He spent his birthday on the glacier,” Helmers said. “Not what he was planning, I’m sure.”

— Globe Gazette writer Molly Montag contributed to this report.

 

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