ANCHORAGE, ALASKA (AP) – An Italian man suffering from frostbite and four other tourists were rescued in the Alaska wilderness after visiting an abandoned bus that has become a lure for adventurers since it was featured in the Into the Wild book and movie.
Alaska State Troopers said the five Italians were rescued on Saturday from a camp they set up after visiting the dilapidated bus on the Stampede Trail near the interior town of Healy.
The hikers were found 13 miles from the trailhead, Trooper spokesman Tim DeSpain said. He didn’t know how far they were from the bus. One of the hikers had frostbite to his feet and was transported to Fairbanks for treatment, DeSpain said. The hiker’s injuries are not considered life-threatening.
The other four hikers were picked up by friends in Healy.
Rescuers were alerted by the hikers with a satellite-based emergency device that notified the International Emergency Response Coordination Centre of a medical emergency, troopers said.
That international group then notified rescuers, who reached the site by snowmobile, DeSpain said.