On January 9, 2020, Alaska State Troopers set off on a helicopter while responding to a welfare check.
They were trying to find Tyson Steele, a 30-year-old man from Utah who’d supposedly been living out in the remote Alaskan wilderness since the previous September.
Seeking a new adventure, Tyson had purchased a remote hut from an Alaskan war veteran. He brought lots of food and supplies, a cellphone, and his beloved dog named Phil. However, Tyson’s loved ones hadn’t heard from him in a particularly long time. They knew his phone had been on the fritz and that he was out there all alone.
While flying high above the trees, the troopers noticed a giant “SOS” message scrawled in the snow using black ash.
And there on the ground below was a man waving up at them for help near a makeshift shelter.
It was Tyson. His hair was long and matted, his beard was scraggly and unkempt, and his clothes were covered in dirt and smoke.
He’d been outside in subzero temperatures for more than 20 days. The closest town was 20 miles away, and he had no working phone. Gone was the cabin he bought, along with most of his belongings.
Worst of all, his dog, Phil, was gone, too.
So what happened out there in the Alaskan wilderness? As the rescue helicopter took Tyson to safety, his unbelievably harrowing story began to emerge.
Footage provided by KSTU Salt Lake City
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