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One missing, two rescued after boat overturns on Kenai River

  • Author: Zaz Hollander
  • Updated: August 28, 2018
  • Published August 28, 2018

A Wisconsin man is missing in the Kenai River after a boat overturned Monday evening with three people in it near the Moose Meadows area, Alaska State Troopers say.

Emergency dispatchers in Soldotna received multiple reports around 7 p.m. of two people holding on to a flipped boat while a third was seen floating further downriver, troopers said in a dispatch posted Tuesday.

A good Samaritan in the area responded in a private boat, rescuing the two men from the overturned boat and taking them to the shore, troopers said. Central Emergency Services took them to Central Peninsula Hospital.

The survivors were identified by troopers as Charles Bohman, 68 and Lawrence Paul, 64, both of Algoma, Wisconsin.

The missing man was identified as Daniel Hass, 68, also of Algoma, Wisconsin.

Alaska Wildlife Troopers and Central Emergency Services searched for Hass until darkness forced the postponement of the search until daylight Tuesday, troopers said.

The boat was reported to have overturned after it hit a rock while drifting sideways downriver, they said. Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the accident. No one in the boat wore personal flotation devices.

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and National Park Service on Tuesday were handling what Peters called a recovery effort. They were focusing on an area from the place the boat overturned to the Pillars Boat Launch.

"Efforts to locate Hass are ongoing," troopers said Tuesday afternoon.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.