Rescuers found children lost in blizzard in a hole in the snow, huddled around youngest child

Alaskan Village of Nunam Iqua

Four children were recently found alive the day after an Alaskan blizzard, with the youngest child being just two-years-old.

Rescuers have since released more details on the condition in which the four children were found.

Alaska Public Media reports that Bryan Simon and his team of search and rescue volunteers left to search for the children around 10:30 Monday morning.

In the distance, Simon says something he said was suspicious.

“It didn’t look like anything. And then as I got kinda closer, I seen movement,” Simon told Alaskan Public Media. “I couldn’t believe my eyes.”

He was nearly 20 miles south of a small village looking for Christopher Johnson, age 14, Frank Johnson, age 8, Ethan Camille, age 7, and Trey Camille, age 2, who had left on a snow machine from the village Sunday afternoon.

The children were missing for more than 24 hours in a windchill just above 0 degrees.

When Simon got closer to the children he saw all four of them bundled together. They had dug a hole in the snow about a foot deep to shield themselves from the elements.

“The infant was in there,” Simon said. “And the boy laid over the infant, and on his left side, a little older boy covering the draft. And the seven-year-old was laying right above them like he was blocking the wind.”

The boys are currently being treated for severe hypothermia at an Alaskan hospital.