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Man drowns after his kayak overturns on Matanuska Lake

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: August 29, 2020
  • Published August 28, 2020

A man kayaking in Matanuska Lake last week drowned when his kayak overturned, according to an online report from Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers responded late last Saturday afternoon to a report of the overturned kayak, with Mat-Su Dive and Rescue and emergency medical services arriving first, according to troopers.

An investigation found that the man was not wearing a life jacket when his kayak flipped and he went underwater, troopers said. A friend of the man was “a few feet away” and tried to rescue him but was unsuccessful, troopers said.

Responders on Saturday couldn’t find the man, troopers said. The search resumed the next day and Alaska Dive Rescue recovered his body that evening, according to troopers. The state medical examiner also was at the scene, troopers said.

An effort to notify the man’s next of kin is underway, troopers said.

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