Snowmachine found in Stony River, victim still missing

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2003

LIME VILLAGE (AP) -- Searchers have recovered the snowmachine on which two men plunged through a hole in the ice of the Stony River, killing one of them, Alaska State Troopers said.

The snowmachine was found Thursday, but the body of 53-year-old Sherman Willis, has yet to be found, said trooper Danny Scott in Aniak.

Willis was riding on a snowmachine driven by Wassillie Macar, also 53, on Tuesday evening when it fell through a hole in the ice a mile out from Lime Village, 185 miles west of Anchorage, troopers said.

Macar was able to climb out but Willis went beneath the ice and never came up.

The two men had been traveling from their hometown of Stony River on the Kuskokwim River. They made it 49 of the 50 miles to Lime Village before the accident.

Searchers were using an underwater camera and other gear to look for Willis.

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