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Villagers rush to aid rural Alaska crash survivors

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Villagers rush to aid rural Alaska crash survivors
November 30, 2013 22:38 GMT

By DAN JOLING Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A passenger on a crashed airplane in rural Alaska unsuccessfully tried to revive her newborn baby and then walked nearly a mile to lead searchers to the wreckage near the village of Saint Marys.

Village Police Officer Fred Lamont Jr. says Melanie Coffee of Mountain Village acted heroically following the crash Friday night that killed four, including her son, who was less than a month old.

The Hageland Aviation Cessna 208 with a pilot and nine passengers crashed at around 6:30 p.m.

Lamont says Saint Marys responders received word of the crash when Coffee called a village health aide seeking help in resuscitating her newborn.

Lamont says Coffee considered starting a fire to attracted searchers but finally just walked to lights near the community landfill, where she met searchers.

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