A man has been rescued from the remote US wilderness, where he was being repeatedly stalked by a grizzly bear and fast running out of ammunition.
The man was found by chance by a Coast Guard helicopter in Alaska in an ordeal which sounds like a Hollywood movie.
One of the pilots told the New York Times the bear had “dragged him” towards the nearby river from the small mining camp.
A grizzly bear repeatedly attacked the man. (AP)While the man had a gun, he didn’t have many shots left.
“At some point, a bear had dragged him down to the river,” Lieutenant Commander Jared Carbajal said.
“He said that the bear kept coming back every night and he hadn’t slept in a few days.”
The area is more than 100km from the nearest town and has no phone signal.
The New York Times said the man was in his late 50s or early 60s.
He had written SOS and “help me” on a shed roof and was spotted waving by the helicopter which was only passing over by chance.
The area where the man was rescued from in Alaska. (US Coastguard)”He was kind of struggling. When we came around, he was on his hands and knees waving a white flag,” co-pilot Lieutenant A.J. Hammac told the paper.
Officials say grizzly bears are common in the area, but it’s unusual to have several encounters with them.
A spokeswoman for the Coast Guard in Alaska, Petty Officer First Class Ali Blackburn, told the paper the man was running out of ammunition.
“He only had two rounds left,” she said.
“I’d imagine you’d be a little loopy after not sleeping for so long.”
The man suffered bruises and a leg injury.
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