Alaskan reality star injured while cleaning up storm damage


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The reality TV star and Iditarod musher was injured this week while helping clean up storm damage along Alaska’s west coast.

Jesse Holmes, who has appeared on National Geographic TV’s Life Below Zero, a show about life in rural Alaska since 2015, was injured Wednesday when debris fell on a building in the community of Golovin. did. The Anchorage Daily News reportedHe was flown to Nome for treatment and then sent to a hospital in Anchorage.

Holmes received treatment and was released, said Mychal Canfield, a spokesperson for Providence Alaska Medical Center, in an email to the Associated Press on Friday.

Holmes lives in the remote Brushkana region of Alaska, about 150 miles (241.40 km) northeast of Anchorage, off the Denali Highway.

“I just wanted to let everyone know how much I appreciate all the love, support and prayers,” Holmes posted on the Kennel’s Facebook page on Thursday. I’m lucky to be here now, my main goal now is to focus on recovery and get back to the kennel.”

Attempts by the Associated Press to contact Holmes and fellow masher Brent Sass on Friday were not immediately successful.National Geographic also did not return the message.

Parts of Alaska’s Bering Sea coast were severely damaged as debris from Typhoon Merbok moved northward through the Bering Strait on September 16th.

Golovin, a small Norton Sound community, was hit hardest. Damage assessments showed that 22 of his 64 homes in town were badly damaged. Seven of them are probably irrecoverable.

Holmes contacted Brent Sass, the defending champion of the Iditarod Trail dog sled race, and two other mushers, Jeff Deeter and Richie Beattie, to go to Golovin and volunteer to clean up, Sass told the Anchorage newspaper. told to

On Wednesday, they were pulling plywood and insulation that had accumulated water to help dry, Sass said.

Holmes, who finished third in this year’s Iditarod, was trapped under a pile of plywood, insulation and other building materials.

Sass and Beatty hurriedly took the materials from Holmes and pulled him out.

“It was really miserable. It was the longest three minutes of my life trying to kick him out,” Sass said.

Holmes’ online fundraiser was started by Golovin residents. The page description said Holmes had internal injuries, a broken wrist, and broken ribs.