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Boater finds body of 29-year-old man missing in Southwest Alaska

  • Author: Associated Press
  • Updated: September 19, 2019
  • Published September 19, 2019

TUNTUTULIAK — The body of a Southwest Alaska man has been recovered from the Kuskokwim River.

Alaska State Troopers say the remains of 29-year-old Patrick Nick of Tuntutuliak were found Monday by a boater near the site where searchers found Nick’s boat overturned on Sept. 5.

Troopers in Bethel at about 12:45 a.m. Sept. 4 received a report that Nick's 20-foot riverboat was taking on water upstream of his village.

The Coast Guard joined local searchers looking for Nick.

Searchers a day later found his overturned boat in deep water upstream of Tuntutuliak.

Tuntutuliak is 40 miles southwest of Bethel and 440 miles southwest of Anchorage.