Family says 5 Colorado tourists rescued after 3 nights on glacier

DENALI NATIONAL PARK, Alaska - A family from Colorado was among the people rescued from a glacier in Alaska Friday morning, according to Nick Bissett.

Bissett told 7NEWS his parents, sister and her family took a sightseeing flight of Mount McKinley Tuesday. The flight was scheduled to have a brief glacier landing, but instead, they got stranded on the glacier for three nights.

National Parks Traveler website said a group of six tourists and their pilot, John Nealon of Talkeetna Air Taxi, were forced to land on the Ruth Glacier by bad weather.

"Into the night, snowfall and cloud cover continued to build, so the seven of them slept in the DeHavilland Beaver, which was supplied with basic emergency gear including sleeping bags, food, a stove, and a satellite phone," Denali spokeswoman Maureen McLaughlin told the website.

A team of rangers hiked into the group on Thursday to bring more supplies.

The group was able to fly out Friday morning, Bissett told 7NEWS.

"They had a small window and got them off the glacier and to Denali," Bissett said.

The National Park Service says Ruth Glacier is one of the most spectacular features in the park, next to the massiveness to Mount McKinley.

"The glacier drops nearly 2,000 feet over 10 miles and is raked with crevasses," according to the Denali National Park website.

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