ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 16-year-old Homer youth died Friday afternoon in a fishing accident in the Gulf of Alaska.
Anthony Reutov was found dead after he was swept off the deck of a commercial fishing boat, the Pilot.
Coast Guard Lt. Stacie Fain said Reutov was fishing with his uncle, Mihey Reutov, and another unidentified person. Anthony Reutov became entangled in longlining gear as it was being dropped into the water, Fain said, and he went overboard with the gear.
The U.S. Coast Guard received a call for help at 1:43 p.m. from the Pilot about 10 miles south of Gore Point on the Kenai Peninsula.
The fishing vessel Jenoah joined the search.
The Coast Guard sent the cutter Alex Haley and a helicopter from Kodiak to the area.
After searching the area for several hours, the Coast Guard recovered Reutov's body at about 6:30 p.m.
The Coast Guard's Marine Safety Office in Kenai and Alaska State Troopers will investigate the incident, Fain said. Reutov is the first commercial fishing fatality reported this year in Alaska.
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