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Jamaican musher helps fellow musher in Alaska

Thursday, March 06, 2014 | 4:25 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaican musher Newton Marshall Tuesday evening rescued a fellow musher, Scott Janssen, who had seriously injured his leg on the trail, according to a report in the Alaska Dispatch.

Janssen had injured his leg in a fall.

Alaska Dispatch reports that Marshall said when he came upon Janssen's sled and dog team Tuesday night and didn't see a musher, he initially wasn't too concerned, figuring the absent racer was just off checking out the trail or dealing with a dog. However, that changed when the Jamaican heard a cry of "Help!" nearby.

Marshall then found Janssen on the ground next to the sled, with his ankle broken, Alaska Dispatch reports. Janssen had also hit his head.

A post on Janssen's Facebook fan page Wednesday morning said that he had crashed his sled and hit his head on a stump, and that "he laid unconscious for over two hours before coming to", the Alaska Dispatch said.

Marshall then reportedly helped Janssen over to a patch of grass and off the ice he had slipped on, and made him a makeshift bed. The Iditarod Insider crew rode up on snow machines a few minutes later and took Janssen to a nearby hunter's cabin as the National Guard approached to rescue him and his dog team.

Alaska Dispatch says it wasn't the first time Marshall had helped a fellow musher in distress on the Iditarod Trail having also offered assistance to Californian Cindy Abbott, who had injured her leg early in the race last year.

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