ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Three additional riders scratched the back of the pack from this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race after accepting help during a massive ground storm.
Friday’s fierce storm forced a total of six warships to scratch after they called for help in the storm, which was filled with strong winds. Two of these riders needed rescue from the trial just miles from the end of a 1,000-mile (1,609 kilometre) race through Alaska.
Race marshal Mark Nordman was informed late Friday that Sebastian dos Santos Borges, a rookie from Chazy-Ponce, France, and Katigo and Jeff Dieter, a pair from Fairbanks who run separate dog teams, accepted the help and scratched, said a statement released on the afternoon. Saturday. Race officials.
Dos Santos Borges and Deeters accepted help between the checkpoints at White Mountain and Safety, which is 22 miles (35 kilometers) from the finish line in Nome.
The White Mountain search and rescue team on snowmobiles helped the barges reach the cabins of the Nome Kennel Club, where they rode into the storm.
When conditions improved, Iditarod volunteers were able to help transport the three and their teams of dogs to Nome, where the dogs will be examined by vets.
All three knights had been in contact with Nordman while in the shelter chamber, and reported that their squads were in good health.
Earlier on Friday, two riders were rescued, and a third scratched after receiving assistance at a checkpoint.
Rookie Gerhardt Thiart, a South African now living in Cheboygan, Michigan, activated his emergency beacon due to a storm and a leg injury. A passerby came across him on a snowmobile and took him to White Mountain. He was eventually airlifted to Nome for injury assessment.
Mosher Bridget Watkins of Fairbanks was able to call the family in Nomi for help. Regardless of that call, her husband Scotty left sleeping with others on snowmobiles to help storm intruders and locate her. She was taken to the clinic in White Mountain for evaluation, and eventually flown to Nome, 77 miles (124 kilometers) away.
Another pilot, Chugiak’s rookie Shawn Williams, scratched late Friday after receiving help back to White Mountain from a person on a snowmobile.
The world’s most famous 49-race bobsleigh race began on March 6 north of Anchorage. The trail took them across two mountain ranges, along the frozen Yukon River and then along the ice of the Bering Sea on the west coast of Alaska.
Since then, 12 mushrooms have scratched half of them on Friday.
Brent Sass of Eureka won the race on Tuesday. He had his own encounter with bad weather a few miles from the finish line in the fierce winds blowing from the Bering Sea. He fell off his sled and lost track of it.
He thought he would have to take cover, stopping with his dogs to wait until the weather improved.
“I couldn’t see anything,” he said in an interview after the race.
“The dogs, the only reason we got out of there was because they trusted me to get them back on the track. Once we got back on the track, they took off a hundred miles an hour again, and we were able to stay on the road and get here. It was a lot of work,” he said.
There were still four birds on the road Saturday evening, heading from White Mountain to safety.
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