Hooper Bay man dies after snowmachine gets stuck

Casey Grove

A Hooper Bay man died after his snowmachine became stuck late Tuesday north of the Southwest Alaska village, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Paul Kaiser, 58, was reported overdue from a snowmachine trip about 10 p.m. Tuesday. Searchers found Kaiser and his snowmachine the next day on the edge of the Manayagavik River about three miles north of Hooper Bay, troopers said.

Kaiser was traveling between Chevak and Hooper Bay and appeared to have become disoriented during a storm, troopers said. He'd apparently driven past Hooper Bay before the snowmachine got stuck.

Troopers investigating Kaiser's death found no signs of foul play. His body was sent to Anchorage for an autopsy, troopers said.

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