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2 die during egg-gathering outing in Western Alaska

Two people were found dead early Thursday morning after they failed to return from an egg-hunting trip near the Western Alaska village of Shaktoolik, according to Alaska State Troopers.

The bodies of Dan Takak, 75, and Ella Agibinik, 68, were found in Beeson Slough south of the coastal Alaska village just after 12 a.m. Thursday, according to troopers spokesperson Megan Peters.

The two had gone out egg hunting around 1 p.m. Wednesday in a makeshift raft made of a sled — similar to one a snowmachine might haul — with Styrofoam attached to the sides for flotation, Peters said.

When they didn't return, community members began looking for them, troopers said.

The raft wasn't found, only pieces of Styrofoam. The two weren't wearing life jackets, according to troopers.

Takak was from Shaktoolik; Agibinik was from Unalakleet. Shaktoolik is a community of about 250 people, and about 690 people live in Unalakleet.

No foul play is suspected. Autopsies will be conducted in Anchorage.

Laurel Andrews

Laurel Andrews was a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Dispatch News and Alaska Dispatch. She left the ADN in October 2018.