The US Coast Guard has saved a man who was attacked and harassed by a grizzly bear for a week in Alaska.
The man, who has not been named, was found with bruising to his torso and a leg injury.
He was rescued after US Coast Guard crew spotted an 'SOS' sign on top of a shack at a mining camp, before seeing the man waving his arms calling for help.
The individual said the bear returned to the camp, 40 miles from Nome, where he was later treated, every night for a week.
His friends had reported that the man was overdue returning to Nome.
The man had nearly run out of ammunition for his gun and the door of the shack where he was staying had been ripped off, the New York Times reported.
One of the pilots of the Coast Guard helicopter, Lieutenant Commander Jared Carbajal, told the newspaper: "At some point, a bear had dragged him down to the river.
"He had a pistol. He said that the bear kept coming back every night and he hadn't slept in a few days."
Cover image: The injured man was found at a mining camp near Nome and "hadn't slept in a few days" (Picture: US Coast Guard).