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Three saved, dog lost as boat capsizes in Kenai River

Posted: July 17, 2014 - 9:01pm

A boat capsized on the Kenai River sending three people and a dog overboard Wednesday night.

Nearby boats pulled all three people out of the water but the dog didn’t survive, said Kenai Police Lt. David Ross.

The incident occurred at about 9:46 p.m. when a wave went over the bow of the boat, causing it to flip over. Police did not release the names of the boaters, but all three were wearing life jackets, Ross said.

While all boats in the water may have contributed to the waves that caused the boat to flip, having so many boats close by made for a quick recovery, he said.

“It’s a lot easier to rescue people that are floating,” he said.

The Kenai rescue boat arrived shortly afterward and transported two people back to land while the other person received a ride from a fellow boater. The three people did not suffer any injuries. The capsized boat was recovered from the river, Ross said.

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bushraven 08/01/14 - 08:48 pm
Boater saved by commercial fisherman

It was not fellow dip netters who saved the man, it was a commercial fisherman at our dock. Fellow boaters were passing right next to the man, causing wakes, and making rescue a problem. Nobody wanted to stop fishing. No dip net boaters aided.

We, employees of a fish processing plant, grabbed the persons boat, brought it to shore, thus saving lives and property. Again, no dip net boaters aided.

The dip net fishery has brought thousands of unskilled operators together in a very tight situation. Every year, tens of thousands of dollars in damage result to anchored boats. Countless numbers of accidents occur, many involving life and limb.

Boats and vessels are illegally boarded and private property is assumed public. Trespassing is commonplace in the water as well as out of the water.

It is the largest uncontrolled, chaotic event in the state. People are charged and prosecuted for much less, yet these incidents go unchecked.

When challenged to leave private property, in or out of the water, they respond with "Go ahead, we win every time.".

While reporting on something this critical, realize that it is CRITICAL. Get the facts, do not assume, and give credit where credit is due. Also, do not be afraid to challenge people who come here, break the law, and put others lives and property at risk.

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