Alaska man found clinging to ice chunk after frozen shoreline breaks off Jamie Snedden was expected to recover after he was swept 300 yards into Cook Inlet and spent more than 30 minutes in frigid water

Jamie Snedden was swept into Cook Inlet, above. Photograph: Mark Thiessen/AP

An Alaska man walking on a shoreline wound up clinging to a chunk of ice for more than 30 minutes in frigid water when the shoreline ice broke loose and carried him out into Cook Inlet.

Jamie Snedden, 45, of Homer, was rescued on Saturday near the community of Anchor Point on the Kenai Peninsula. He was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for hypothermia. He was expected to fully recover, Alaska wildlife troopers said.

Snedden “was reported to have been walking along the shoreline on the ice when it broke free and drifted into Cook Inlet with the outgoing current”, a troopers spokesman, Tim DeSpain, said in an email to the Associated Press on Monday.

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