Helicopter rescues Nome man from ice floe

A Nome man stranded on an ice floe over the weekend was rescued by helicopter.

Alaska State Troopers say 60-year-old Frank Carruthers on Sunday afternoon took his snowmobile on sea ice off the west beach to check crab pots.

High winds caused the pack ice to break free.

By the time Carruthers called authorities by cellphone, a 50-foot gap had opened between the ice he was on and the shore.

A chartered Bering Air R-44 helicopter landed on the ice about a mile from shore and picked up Carruthers.

He was not injured.