Brown and his mother got lost on a trail Wednesday. She was found injured, but alive on Friday.
Officials say they rescued five Italian tourists from “the Bus” — that’s the old Fairbanks city bus made infamous by Christopher McCandless.
“So, that’s how we got lost. Cause we were trying to catch a fox to show my mom and my dad,” he said.
All four boys who were found huddled in the snow near Nunam Iqua have reunited with their family.
“I see the boat penciled — straight up and down in the air. The bow was straight up in the air, and then it sinks. My heart drops. I tried to do everything I could to get those guys out.”
All four children were bundled together. They had dug a hole in the snow, about a foot deep and three feet in diameter.
The U.S. Coast Guard arrived at the location by helicopter and transported the four children to Bethel to receive treatment for their hypothermia.
The Coast Guard is recommending other communications systems as a backup, like satellite phones or texting devices, emergency beacons or even cellphones where there’s service.
The Coast Guard is working with the harbormaster to track down the vessel’s owner.
A LifeMed medevac flight went into the water after taking off from Unalaska Airport on Jan. 16. The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the cause of the crash.