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5 Italian hikers rescued after a visit to the 'Magic Bus' on the Stampede Trail

 'Magic Bus' on the Stampede Trail, Oct. 26, 2016 (KTUU)
'Magic Bus' on the Stampede Trail, Oct. 26, 2016 (KTUU) (KTUU)
Published: Feb. 24, 2020 at 11:31 AM AKST
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Alaska State Troopers and searchers from Tri-Valley Fire Department helped rescue five Italian hikers after a visit to the 'Magic Bus' on the Stampede Trail near Healy on Saturday.

Troopers say shortly after 7:30 Saturday morning, the International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC) received an inReach message alerting them to a medical emergency.

The message was relayed to AST and Tri-Valley Fire Department, and personnel from both agencies set off on snowmachine to find the missing hikers.

The search and rescue party located the group approximately 13 miles from the Stampede Road trailhead and returned with all five hikers around 1:15 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Troopers say one of the five Italian citizens rescued suffered severe frostbite to his feet and was taken to Fairbanks for treatment.

The other four were taken to Healy to be picked up by friends.

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