An Aleknagik man was killed in a boat accident on Aleknagik Lake when his 16-foot craft collided with another small boat being driven by a man from Hawaii, according to the Alaska State Troopers.
John Tugatuk Sr., 41, died on Tuesday after sustaining trauma to his upper body in the crash earlier in the day, said troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters.
The crash occurred when Tugatuk was leaving the Aleknagik village boat launch, operating his outboard motor with his back to the other boat's position, the troopers said in a written statement.
The other boat, driven by David Taylor, 61, of Hawaii was moving between the north and south shores of the lake in a narrow area, the statement said. With the front of his own boat, Tugatuk hit Taylor's vessel, the troopers said.
Aleknagik is north of Dillingham.
The troopers provided no additional information about how the collision killed Tugatuk, however, or how fast the boats were moving. Peters said Tugatuk was not thrown from the boat.
"He was found, essentially, unconscious in the boat," she said, adding that Tugatuk died later that night at a local clinic.
Neither drugs nor alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash, the troopers said.
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