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Musher Neil Eklund and his son were returning from a dogsled tour on the Chena River near Fairbanks on Sunday when they came upon the stranded people with their vehicle, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Tuesday.
When you have them all synced in unison, they can really pull.” “The dogs had a lot of fun with it. “We all tugged and pushed,” he said.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Nine Alaska sled dogs mushing near a scenic river found tourists with their SUV stuck in the snow and managed to pull it free last weekend.
Eklund said he had never pulled a car out the snow with his dogs before, but they had plenty of power to free the SUV and send the tourists on their way.
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He is now training his son to run the Yukon Quest sled dog race and the Iditarod.
Eklund participated in the famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 1981 and 1983.
The tourists with the SUV were taking a risk by driving to the Chena River area, Eklund said.
Cars that have travelled on top of its frozen surface in recent years have fallen through, he said.
He added: “At least it’s a good story for them to tell when they go back home.”
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