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An Isolated Miner In Alaska Just Survived A Week-Long Struggle With A Grizzly Bear Before The Coast Guard Saw His SOS
By Marco Margaritoff | Checked By Adam Farley
Published July 26, 2021
Richard Jessee was driving his ATV near his mining claim when the bear attacked him out of nowhere and destroyed his vehicle and cell phone. Then it kept coming back every night for a week.
Richard Jessee Bear Attack

U.S. Coast GuardThe remote mining camp was about 40 miles outside of Nome, Alaska.

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued an Alaskan miner after they spotted him waving his arms in the air and saw a distress sign written on his roof. He had been attacked by a grizzly bear, which had returned every night for a week straight before the man was saved.

Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Jared Carbajal had just changed course to avoid some clouds when he saw it: Isolated in the Alaskan wilderness was a man waving his arms. With "SOS" and "HELP ME" scrawled on the roof.

Injured and and sleep-deprived, the man was near death and had only two rounds left in his revolver.

"We don't really come across people in the middle of nowhere," said Lieutenant Junior Grade A.J. Hammac who copiloted the helicopter that day. "He was kind of struggling. When we came around, he was on his hands and knees waving a white flag. He definitely looked like he had been out there for a while."

The man, identified as Richard Jessee, had been staying in the shack since July 12, when the bear attacked him, throwing him off his ATV and dragging him to a nearby river, where he lost his cell phone.

"The bear came out of nowhere," he told The Nome Nugget. "It rolled my bike and the trailer over like it was a toy car. I was in shock and hypothermic."

Jessee managed to fire a shot from his revolver to scare the bear away before running into his cabin for protection. But the bear continued to attack for days.

"There was no doubt about it: the bear was trying to get into my cabin," he said. "I don't know why it was so aggressive. Maybe it had cubs nearby."
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Some 40 miles outside of Nome, Jessee was stranded without his vehicle or a way to call for help. But he managed to write the SOS on top of his shack, and when he heard the helicopter, he began waving. When rescuers arrived, they noted the door had been ripped off. Jessee hadn't slept in days.

"We were flying near a lot of old mining sites, and my copilot noticed a guy waving at us," Carbajal said.

"He was waving two hands over his head, and that's usually sign of distress, so we turned to fly over to check it out and make sure he was okay. As we came up, we noticed on top of his roof, he had painted 'SOS HELP ME.'"

Perhaps most disturbing is that the rescue nearly didn't happen at all. Carbajal and his crew had been ordered to travel from a remote base to Nome to fly a team of scientists along the coastline to look for dead whales and walruses the following day. To avoid bad weather, the 37-year-old pilot rerouted about a mile off course.

"If we would have been in the next river valley over, we would have totally missed him," said Carbajal.

Bears proliferate the Alaskan wilderness, and bear attacks, while rare, are not uncommon. However, Alaskan Coast Guard spokeswoman Ali Blackburn explained that it's very unusual for someone to have repeated encounters with the same bear.
Alaska Grizzly Bear

PixabayBetween 2000 and 2017, 68 people in Alaska were hospitalized in bear attacks — while 10 died.

Alaskan health officials detailed in a report from 2019 that 68 people in the state were hospitalized from bear attacks between 2000 and 2017. Ten people were killed during that time period.

The Coast Guard used this opportunity to remind anyone in the wild to carry a satellite phone or emergency beacon.

After the 15-minute flight from the camp to Nome, Jessee refused to be put on a stretcher and transported to a hospital. Instead, he demanded to walk himself to the nearby ambulance.

"You could tell he was starting to come off of the adrenaline, I think, and started to realize what happened," said Carbajal. "He did not want to get in the gurney."

Jessee is successfully recovering after being treated for a leg injury and bruises on his torso. He had been mining on his small claim every summer for the past 21 years without incident. But after this experience, he has decided to change his routine.

"The big lesson here is that I shouldn't go out by myself," he said. "I'll never do that again. I'm a very lucky man."

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So the guy is out there in the wild , miles from anywhere and ends up with only two rounds left in his gun ?
Just how many rounds did he take in the first place ?
I know if I was out there I would have a bunch. Not to mention a rifle or two.
If the bear came back several times , I would think he would have a lot of holes in him.
 

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Just be sure you have plenty of ice cream on hand for afterwards.

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So the guy is out there in the wild , miles from anywhere and ends up with only two rounds left in his gun ?
Just how many rounds did he take in the first place ?
I know if I was out there I would have a bunch. Not to mention a rifle or two.
If the bear came back several times , I would think he would have a lot of holes in him.
That's exactly what I was thinking... Grizzlies are big and I presume hard to take down but......

Warning shot to scare it off.... how many times do you do this? I'm thinking this guy had no business out in the wild.
 
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I thought it was pretty obvious the three girls with the shredded jeans (not the couple with the children behind them) were the subject of the joke. 🙄
Sorry about that. Something I was taught years ago while serving in a RECON unit was attention to detail. Look at, and see, the entire whatever. I saw four females and one male.
 

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I was thinking the same thing.

The only thing I can think of, that he flies everything in to camp and every ounce counts. Or the guy is on a shoestring and every dollar counts.

How many years do you pack a rifle and 1000 rounds in then pack them back out, before you decide you don’t need them?

It was an extraordinary attack that lasted many days. Not the typical encounter.
 

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Sorry about that. Something I was taught years ago while serving in a RECON unit was attention to detail. Look at, and see, the entire whatever. I saw four females and one male.
So you missed the whole point, and the humor, of the meme? That's sad. :confused:
 
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The joke picture was not about bears attacking or even ice cream but about how stupid we (in this case young white women) are to actually buy, usually for more money than new, old worn out clothes all shredded.

And in thinking more about the article... this must have been a small (couple hundred pounds) brown or black bear.... full grown grizzly would not have put up with the guy dancing around for a week... think the difference is like VW bug or Humvee
 
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EVERYTHING is in fashion these days. Shredded jeans were introduced, what? like2-3 decades ago by junior high school girls and one can still see celebrties wearing them. It should be a law, when adults start doing the same thing as the younger crowd, it should be banned! It just makes me think that if their clothing tastes are so tacky, it's to match their mental state.
The only fashion I would like to see come back would be from around the era of Louis the XIV. When women exposed their tops on the half shelf in France. Vive la France.
 

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The guy should have had 3 boxes of pistol ammo, and a .338 Magnum rifle.
Me personally, I would have taken a Super Blackhawk with me, and there would not have been any warning shots. My shots would have gone into the bear.
 

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