SAR Attempts to Recover Remains, Warns Travelers

by Charles Enoch on April 12, 2016

An aerial photo of the Gweek River. Photo courtesy of AST

An aerial photo of the Gweek River. Photo courtesy of AST.

Search and Rescue volunteers and Alaska State Troopers are attempting to recover the remains of a 26-year-old Tuluksak resident whose name has not been released.

Troopers say they received a report on Sunday that three people had broken through the Kuskokwim River ice near Tuluksak. A witness assisted two of the passengers but the third, the male from Tuluksak, did not make it out.

Troopers, along with search and rescue volunteers, evaluated the situation on Monday. They presumed the man had drowned, and investigations are ongoing.

Kwethluk VPSO and search and rescue volunteer Max Olick says it’s time for everyone to stop traveling on the Kuskokwim.

“The river got dangerous pretty quickly due to the warm weather. People stopped traveling because the ice around us is mostly needle ice. We even flew downriver, and it’s no better to the mouth. There’s open holes and it’s all dark-rotted ice,” Olick said.

As of Tuesday morning, about 20 search and rescue volunteers were on scene for the recovery attempts.

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