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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.

Reach Dan Balmer at daniel.balmer@peninsulaclarion.com

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