|Buford Bell's rig after incident.|
Matt and Bette Mattigan joined Matt's brother Jack "Polar Bear" Mattigan in Alaska in
1988 where Matt's brother owns Ice Road Big Rig Rescue and Recovery, Inc. Ironically, Jack's company provided the only recovery service along this stretch of the treacherous Alaskan highway.
Buford Bell was philosophical about the loss of his truck and income. "It's hard to
find a Good Samaritan this far north of the Equator, I guess," he said as he filled out an application as a deckhand on an Alaskan king crab fishing boat out of Dutch Harbor that is filmed in the Discovery Channel program Deadliest Catch. Bell, who can't swim, said "that's probably a good thing since I hate the thought of freezing to death."