Napakiak snowmachiner dies of hypothermia

Posted: Sunday, March 26, 2000

BETHEL (AP) -- A Napakiak man died of hypothermia Friday after he was found next to his snowmachine on the trail between Bethel and his home town, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Herman Motgin, 31, was discovered in a hypothermic state on the trail about three miles north of Napakiak shortly after 8 a.m. Friday, troopers said.

Motgin was still breathing when he was brought to the Napakiak clinic a few minutes later, and health aides arrived about five minutes after that. But by that time, trooper said, Motgin was not breathing and had no pulse.

Health workers started CPR immediately, and continued that procedure for two hours until a doctor from the Bethel hospital arrived. Motgin was pronounced dead by the doctor.

Motgin lived in Napakiak, but he commuted to work in Bethel. He got off work in Bethel about 3 p.m. Thursday, troopers said, but it wasn't clear when he left for home.

The weather around Bethel was severe Thursday night, with high winds, blowing snow, and wind chills of 40 below. Motgin was not wearing snow gear when he was found, according to troopers.

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