EAGLE RIVER, Alaska — David Joerg survived an accident that should have been deadly. Now he's speaking out with a word of warning for snowmachiners and offering his thanks to rescuers.
Joerg was going out for his final ride of the year Saturday near Eureka, off the Glenn Highway. He and a friend were following some well-traveled trails when they rode up onto Nelchina Glacier for some lunch and to snap some photos.
Joerg says he wanted to get a few extra shots of the scenery, so he hiked further down the glacier when the ice underneath him gave way. He fell 60 feet down into a crevasse and only stopped because the ice got so narrow he was wedged inside.
He says he called to his friend for help, but wasn't sure if anyone heard him.
Joerg passed the time by using his helmet visor and reading glasses lens to scratch at the ice to make foot-holds to try and climb out.