Body of man pulled from Western Alaska river

Associated PressJuly 30, 2012 

EEK -- Alaska State Troopers say the body of a 34-year-old Kwethluk man has been found in a river in Western Alaska.

Troopers say the body of 34-year-old Yako Fisher was found Sunday when authorities dragged the Eenayarak River north of Eek.

Fisher and his wife had traveled by boat to go berry picking. She was at the cabin, and he was last seen Friday heading downstream in his boat.

The boat was located later that day. Troopers say in a web posting that heavy rains and high winds hampered search efforts Saturday and part of Sunday. His body was found Sunday afternoon not far from his boat.

Fisher's body has been sent to Anchorage for an autopsy. Troopers say alcohol was a contributing factor in the death.

Eek is 420 miles west of Anchorage.

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