Rescue team gets closer to hikers stranded on Alaska glacier

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Four Alaska Air National Guard rescuers have trudged several miles through difficult terrain and harsh weather after parachuting onto a glacier to save two skiers who have been stuck there since Friday.

A helicopter dropped the rescue team about 15 miles from the stranded duo, who dug snow caves to protect themselves from powerful winds and heavy snow on Bear Glacier. The Alaska Air National Guard said that the rescuers bedded down for the night about 6 1/2 miles from the hikers and hoped to reach them Tuesday.

An HK-130 King dropped supplies to Jennifer Neyman and Christopher Hanna, both of Soldotna, who were dropped off by a helicopter Friday for a day trip. Bad weather prevented that chopper and two rescue helicopters from reaching the ice field.