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Teens mauled on survival skill hike

TALKEETNA, AK (WFLX) - Four teenage boys are in critical condition after being mauled by a bear and her cub Saturday. It happened during a survival skills hike in the Alaskan wilderness near the town of Talkeetna.

Richmond native, Victor Martin, had never been camping a day in his life before joining a month-long survival course in the Alaskan wilderness. His family was shocked when Victor called explaining he'd been attacked by a giant grizzly bear.

"He said it was as big as our grandma's Lexus," said his sister, Carnisha Martin.

The 18-year-old Richmond High School student told them the bear mauled two students then turned and began chasing him. "He ran and fell, then turned around and kicked it in the nose," said Martin.

But not before being bitten several times in the ankles and feet.

Two of the seven students were badly mauled, and Victor was forced to use his survival skills to save their lives as they waited eight hours for help.

It was the 24th day of a 30-day course, and instructors had left them to survive as part of the program. "How could they train them for only three weeks and let them go out to where bears are?," asked his grandmother, Tonnette Martin.

Victor told his family to pray for the other two students who are in critical condition. "He saved somebody's life cause his friends could have been beated to death," said his sister, Victoriyae Martin.

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