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No sign of man who fell through ice on Western Alaska fishing trip

  • Author: Zaz Hollander
  • Updated: November 9, 2018
  • Published November 9, 2018

A 63-year-old fisherman from the Western Alaska village of White Mountain disappeared beneath the ice Sunday near Golovin and hasn't been seen since.

Lincoln Simon was riding his ATV at the mouth of the Fish River at Golovin Bay when he broke through the ice, Alaska State Troopers said.  He called family and told them what happened and where he was.

Golovin Search and Rescue and White Mountain Volunteer Fire Department responded to try to find him, according to a troopers dispatch posted Friday and social media posts from a family friend. They found personal items but he was gone.

Searchers in a helicopter and an airboat initially found neither Simon nor his ATV, troopers said. Weather and ice conditions hampered the search, preventing divers and other underwater assets from being deployed.

Numerous private, commercial and Department of Public Safety aircraft scanned the area and later found the four-wheeler under ice near the river mouth, troopers said. They saw no sign of Simon.

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