Hikers rescued trying to reach 'Into the Wild' bus

Jun 28, 2013 -- 3:05pm
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - U.S. Army Alaska officials say three hikers trying to reach a remote bus in the Alaska wilderness made famous by the book and movie "Into the Wild" signaled a passing military helicopter with a mirror for rescue. The helicopter found the hikers stranded by the Teklanika River. The helicopter assessed the situation, and returned to Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks to refuel and get permission for their transport out. It returned to the site near Healy and took the hikers to their vehicle. They were told to have one hiker's twisted ankle looked at, and to report the incident to Alaska State Troopers. It's the second rescue this summer of people trying to reach the bus. In May, three German hikers had to be rescued. The bus has been the source of multiple similar rescues since it was made famous, first by Jon Krakauer's book "Into the Wild" published in 1996 and then by Sean Penn's 2007 film.

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