This morning (Monday ), two teenagers are in an Alaska hospital.. Recovering from life-threatening injuries after a grizzly bear attack.
A group of seven teens on a thirty-day Alaskan survival course run by the national outdoor leadership school found themselves facing an all too real, life and death situation over the weekend.
Saturday night, deep in the Alaskan wilderness in the Talk-eet-na mountain range north of anchorage, the group was lined up to cross a river.
Suddenly, a grizzly bear burst onto the scene attacking 17 year old Sam Gottsegen of Denver.
Father of bear attack victim Jon Gottsegen said, “There was a sow bear, a mother bear, with a cub, and they just kind of .. I guess they just came across the bear. Sort of startled it and he.. You know, he got knocked down and it bit him.”
Gottsegen had suffered a punctured lung, broken ribs and head and chest wounds.. When the bear came back for more.
That's when Joshua Berg, a fellow student, intervened.. probably saving Gottsegen's life.
Mother of the bear attack victim Mindy Gottsegen said, "Another boy came up and started kicking the bear, you know, to help Sam fight the bear off, and the bear then went away, so I don't know what that was, but I’m extremely grateful to that person. "
The schoolmates say their recent training was critical to the boys survival.
Bruce Palmer National Outdoor Leadership School) they had their priorities in order. You know, as the weather got bad, they set up tents and they focused in their attention on the students that were most injured.
The two are in serious condition. But a relieved mindy gottsegen knows it could've been much worse.
Mind Gottsegen said, “They called form the hospital. It was so sweet to hear his voice.”