HELP, should really mean that you need help.
Location: Johnson Glacier, Tok Area
Case Number: 08-85619
Text: On 9/9/08 at approximately 1200 hours, AWT in Tok was notified by
a local air-taxi service that their pilots had observed the word "HELP"
written in rocks on a tarp near a group of hunters located in the Alaska
Range near the Johnson Glacier. The air-taxi was trying to pick up the
hunters but was unable to land or remain in the area due to high winds
and advised they had dropped a note to the hunters telling them to walk
to a lower airstrip. The hunters were identified as Ronald Leithead, 60
yoa of Juneau and his son, Daniel R. Leithead, 42 yoa of Kodiak. No AWT
aircraft were able to make it to the area due to the extreme winds and
high altitude. The RCC in Anchorage was notified and launched an HH-60
helicopter and HC-130 refueling tanker to respond. At approximately
1630 hours the crew of the helicopter made contact with the hunters who
advised there was nothing wrong. The hunters stated they thought
spelling out "HELP" was the pre-arranged signal with the air-taxi
meaning they wanted to be picked up where they were and not the lower strip. The hunters elected to continue walking to the lower airstrip.
Received Thursday, September 11, 2008 8:11 AM and posted Thursday, September 11, 2008 8:44 AM