Metlakatla principal killed in boating accident

Posted: Tuesday, June 27, 2000

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Metlakatla High School Principal Ken Tyler was killed Saturday in a boating accident.

There were no witnesses to the accident, which occurred about a half-mile from shore, but it appears his boat may have been upended by a gray whale, said Metlakatla Mayor Sol Atkinson.

Tyler apparently fell out of his 18-foot open boat. The boat apparently continued circling and struck him, Atkinson said.

Another boater in the area, Carl Gaube, saw the empty, still circling boat and drove to the area, said Atkinson. Gaube found Tyler's body floating nearby.

The incident occurred as Tyler was departing Metlakatla to spend the summer in Angoon, said state Rep. Albert Kookesh, D-Angoon, a close family friend. Tyler's wife Karen and their two children had flown to Angoon and Tyler was to join them there, said Kookesh.

Tyler taught school in Angoon for many years and met his wife there, Kookesh said.



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