Seal hunters found safe near Newtok after using moss to stay dry

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Two seal hunters missing since Thursday have been found safe and in good health near the village of Newtok.

The U.S. Coast Guard reports that the two men were found Friday after firing a gun as a ship sailed by, about five miles south of the east tip of Kigigak Island.

The missing hunters apparently thought they had sailed into a river, but as the tide dropped, they became stuck in a muddy area. A report from the Coast Guard states the hunters used moss to stay dry, and a fire to stay warm.

Coast Guard aircrews, along with four good Samaritan vessels and a Civil Air Patrol aircrew, had searched for the men for 40 hours over 2,018 square miles.

Officials encourage all hunters to carry extra food and water, an emergency position indicating radio beacon, a satellite phone, warm clothes, life jackets if hunting on the water, and to notify friends or family of specific hunting locations along with an expected return time.