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Snowmobiler Rescued From Deep Crevasse After 75-Foot Fall

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File photo of a crevasse in a glacier. (Photo by DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a crevasse in a glacier. (Photo by DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Authorities say a Fairbanks man was uninjured after his snowmobile plunged into a crevasse and he fell at least 75 feet.

Alaska State Troopers said 41-year-old Tom Douglas landed on a ledge after his snowmobile was wedged into a narrow space 30 feet above him.

The mishap occurred Thursday as Douglas led a group of snowmobilers who were conducting ice and snow tests Thursday around Jarvis Glacier.

Troopers say the others determined Douglas was not hurt and left to seek help. Troopers were aided by the Rescue Coordination Center.

Alaska National Guard spokesman Maj. Guy Hayes says rescuers believe Douglas was unharmed because the crevasse was narrow, so the fall probably occurred more slowly.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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