Helicopter detours to make second rescue

Fairbanks, AK - A National Guard helicopter crew returning from picking up a hunter suffering heart problems in Alaska made an unexpected rescue when it spotted three men in pickup truck that was overturned in a creek and partially submerged.

Steven Alley Sr. of Valdez tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that he and his son spent 20 minutes Wednesday in a pickup truck that left the Richardson Highway south of Paxson in snowy conditions and entered a creek.

Alley's son, Steven Alley Jr., landed on top of him and broke his neck. Alley says both of their lower bodies were in water.

Alley's stepson also was in the vehicle but was uninjured.

The helicopter crew spotted the truck, and the crew freed the men and hoisted them to the helicopter.

The senior Alley suffered broken ribs. Steven Alley Jr. was transported to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.