Man dies in boat accident

Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010

A 49-year-old Washington man died on Tuesday evening when a nylon boat rope snapped and struck him in the torso off the banks of the Kasilof River.

David J. Tyrrell was helping to unload his guide's drift boat in the Amber Drive area shortly before 5 p.m. on June 8 when the rope broke, much like a rubber band, and recoiled into him, according to Alaska State Troopers.

"The fact that it was stretched out so much with that amount of tension," trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said, "it caused massive damage."

Tyrrell was flown to Anchorage, but he died before he could be boarded into the helicopter, according to Peters.

Peters did not know what guide company had been leading Tyrrell. She said the investigation is ongoing.

-- Staff report

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