Seward man dies in boating accident

A 69-year-old Seward man died Monday when the boat he and two friends were riding sank in the water.

Three friends — Ronald Cone, 55, of Anchorage; Nathan Cone, 29, of Anchorage; and Harold Moore, of Seward — were boating on the Twentymile River near Girdwood when the 16-foot aluminum boat’s propeller hit and stuck on a log, according to Alaska State troopers.

The current pushed the idle boat backwards into a logjam, and the boat’s rear filled with water, sinking the boat, troopers reported.

Ronald and Nathan Cone swam to the river’s shore. The friends told troopers they last saw Moore floating down the river. Ronald Cone and Moore were wearing life jackets, and the younger Cone wore no flotation device, troopers reported. The men had planned to go moose hunting, having obtained a moose draw permit for the area, troopers’ spokeswoman Beth Ispen said.

Soldotna dispatch received a call at 5:08 p.m. from Nathan Cone about the accident. Two troopers and a U.S. Forest Service officer responded to the location about 4.5 miles upriver from the Seward Highway. Responders retrieved Moore’s body downstream then picked up the Cones, Ispen said.

Medics evaluated the surviving father and son when the group reached the highway, but the Cones refused additional medical attention, troopers reported.

Moore’s cause of death is unknown, pending autopsy, Ispen said.

— Jerzy Shedlock

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