Anchorage man presumed drowned in Copper River

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was missing and feared drowned after being swept away in the Copper River.

Aisa Aumoeualogo, 50, was dipnetting in the river Wednesday afternoon when he lost his footing and was swept downriver in the current, Alaska State Troopers said.

Aumoeualogo was an assistant principal at West Anchorage High School. He was not wearing a flotation device, troopers said.

Witnesses told troopers Aumoeualogo appeared unconscious and was not moving as he floated down the river. Onlookers were unable to reach him due to the swiftness of the river and the speed at which he was swept downstream.

Aircraft from the National Park Service and Alaska State Troopers searched the river, but saw no sign of Aumoeualogo, trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said.

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