Rookie Rescued with Deceased Dogs
Two Other Rookies Scratch as Well
The Iditarod Air Force was sent to find the last three rookies on the trail Monday afternoon, after they were extremely overdue into the Shageluk checkpoint. They spotted Lou Packer, who signaled he was in distress. Upon reaching him, it was discovered that he had two deceased dogs. The cause is yet unknown.
The two other rookies, Blake Matray and Kim Darst, were found by snowmachines. Deep snow and high winds had closed the trail, making movement extremely difficult.