Fly fisherman rescued from Kenai River

A Cooper Landing fly fisherman was rescued and rushed to an Anchorage hospital after falling through ice on the Kenai River on Saturday.

Bob Overman, a 57-year-old resident of Cooper Landing was walking on the ice near the river’s bridge to get into position for fly fishing when he broke through the ice and plunged into the water, according to a report by the Alaska State Troopers.

Overman was able to cling to the ice while his fishing companion on the other side of the river called for help. A Cooper Landing Volunteer Fire & Rescue member and an Alaska Wildlife Trooper were first on scene. The two used a parachute cord tied to a backpack to throw out to Overman, but the man remained in the water about 10 feet from shore.

A second member of the Cooper Landing Volunteer Fire & Rescue arrived and was able to make a lasso that Overman wrapped around his arm. He was pulled out of the water to where the ice was thick enough to support his and his rescuers’ weight. He was loaded into a rescue sled and pulled to an ambulance waiting at a nearby residence.

Overman was in the water for about 18 minutes. He was flown to Anchorage via LifeMed.

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