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One dead in rafting accident on Matanuska River

A Sutton man was killed Saturday when his inflatable kayak overturned on the Matanuska River east of Chickaloon, the Alaska State Troopers said.

Troopers were called to the scene, near Mile 105 of the Glenn Highway in the Glacier View area, at 1:12 p.m. on Sunday, said trooper spokesperson Tim DeSpain.

Martin Rinke, 63, was pronounced dead at the scene, troopers said.

Troopers said Sunday that Rinke was on the river as part of a four-person group, each in their own inflatable kayak. His kayak overturned near the Lion's Head rock formation on the river, according to troopers.

Troopers had initially described the group as riding together in a raft. The group was not part of an organized tour.

Nova Alaska Guides, a local rafting tour operator, volunteered to help retrieve the body, the agency said.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Rinke was riding in a raft with three others that overturned. He was riding alone in an inflatable kayak.

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