4 children survive more than 24 hours lost in Alaska blizzard

Four young boys went missing during an Alaska blizzard but were found alive on Monday thanks to their resourcefulness.

The children, aged two to 14, went on a snow-machine ride that afternoon near the remote village of Nunam Iqua, an Emmonak Search and Rescue spokesperson told CNN.

Officials were called after the group had been gone for an hour for what was supposed to have been a short ride.

“It became an hour and the weather started being bad, and that’s when we called for someone to go out and look,” Karen Camilla, mother of three of the four missing kids, told KTUU-TV.

They were found in a hole they had dug themselves, huddled around the two-year-old so he wouldn’t be exposed to the elements, Alaska Public Media (APM) reports.

“It didn’t look like anything, and then as I got kinda closer, I seen movement,” first responder Bryan Simon told the publication.

The movement he saw was boys Christopher Johnson, 14, Frank Johnson, 8, Ethan Camille, 7, and two-year-old Trey Camille. They’d been missing, Alaska Public Media says, for over 24 hours.

“Right away, I look for that little infant. When I got kind of close to them, I thought I only seen one kid,” Simon continued. “The infant was in there and the boy laid over the infant, and on his left side, a little older boy covering the draft. The seven-year-old was laying right above them like he was blocking the wind.”

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