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Missing Kotzebue Man Successfully Rescued

Kotzebue, Alaska, from the air

A Kotzebue man was successfully located Sunday after a search-and-rescue effort was launched.

According to Alaska State Troopers (AST), early Sunday afternoon, 33-year-old Floyd Reed was reported overdue from a snowmachine trip between Buckland and Kotzebue.

Two ground search teams were dispatched from the two communities. AST also contacted off-duty Wildlife Trooper James McGinnis, who had recently returned from a weekend trip in his personal airplane. McGinnis reported seeing a set of snowmachine tracks on Kobuk Lake.

Ground teams then used this information to locate Floyd in the same area around four hours after the initial report. He was uninjured.

Image at top: Kotzebue, along the edge of the spit. Floyd Reed was traveling by snowmachine between Buckland and Kotzebue. (Photo: Jenn Ruckel, KNOM.)

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