Truck plunges through lake ice; man dies

Posted: Wednesday, March 03, 2004

A Kenai man died and four others survived after the U-Haul truck and a GMC pickup they were riding in plunged through the ice on Skilak Lake late Monday night.

The body of Adrien Doxsee, 55, was found on the lake ice by a search plane at 12:14 p.m., according to Alaska State Troopers.

Doxsee and his family reportedly were moving household items from their home in Kenai to their cabin on the southeast corner of Skilak Lake when the tragedy occurred.

Autumn Doxsee, 42, her 17-year-old son and his 17-year-old male friend, were in the U-Haul truck that went through the ice south of Caribou Island at about 12:30 a.m., according to troopers. The truck reportedly was not far from shore.

The woman and the teenagers made it safely out of the icy water and received life-saving assistance from Robert Klotz Jr. at his Caribou Island cabin.

Approximately 1 1/2 hours earlier, the pickup with Adrien Doxsee, a 9-year-old son and the family dog went through the ice in a different location.

A Bureau of Wildlife Enforce-ment Trooper in a search plane found the submerged pickup at 12:44 p.m. in about 10 to 12 feet of water, but Central Emergency Services divers did not find the boy or the dog in the vehicle.

Troopers said the boy was found hypothermic, but in noncritical condition on shore by CES searchers at about 3:30 p.m. and was taken to Central Peninsula General Hospital.

Later in the afternoon, searchers also found the dog alive.

The Doxsees reportedly had made a number of trips across the lake Monday before the vehicles went through the ice.

Troopers received a report of the missing truck at 10:25 a.m. Tuesday and began their search using a trooper helicopter and a U.S. Fish and Wildlife plane with CES responders on the ground.

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