ANCHORAGE -

Alaska State Troopers say a Trapper Creek snowmachiner’s dog kept him warm overnight when he was injured in the Petersville area Sunday, only leaving his side to get passing snowmachiners’ attention.

According to an AST dispatch, troopers were informed at about 2 p.m. Monday of the incident near Jake Lake, which led to the rescue.

“Tom Taylor, age 68 of Trapper Creek, and a friend had been riding snowmachines in the area when an Irish setter ran up to them from the direction of the lake,” troopers wrote. "The dog, named Amber, led them approximately 400 yards to an injured snowmachiner lying in the snow.”

The snowmachiner, 52-year-old Otis Orth, was alone, with only his dog keeping him company.

“Investigation revealed (Orth) had crashed his snowmachine and had been lying in the snow since the previous day,” troopers wrote. “Amber had remained with her owner, keeping him warm overnight, until she heard the snowmachines go by.”

Troopers and Trapper Creek emergency medical services with off-road rescue gear responded to the scene -- where Orth was alert, breathing and conscious but immobile due to his injuries -- while a LifeMed air ambulance flew to the area.

“Troopers, LifeMed, and EMS arrived at the scene at approximately (3:40 p.m.),” troopers wrote. “Orth was stabilized, and transported via LifeMed helicopter to an Anchorage hospital.”

After Orth’s rescue, Amber was transferred to a local acquaintance of his for safekeeping.