Guide finds body of missing canoer

Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2007

A fishing guide discovered the body of the missing canoer six miles from the Naptowne Rapids on the Kenai River on Tuesday.

Stephen Boyer, 57, of Fair Play, Calif., was swept downstream after his canoe capsized on the Kenai River on June 26.

Megan Peters, information officer for Alaska State Troopers, said troopers and park rangers responded to the discovery, but they don't suspect foul play.

Boyer and Tad Fumakoshi were canoeing down the river when their canoe capsized at the rapids. Fumakoshi, who was wearing a personal flotation device, made it ashore at Mile 17 of Funny River Road, but Boyer still clung to the canoe.

Personnel from Central Emergency Services, troopers and Alaska State Parks deployed boats and air rescue to search for Boyer from Mile 39 of the river to the mouth, but changed the rescue mission to a body recovery plan Thursday.

Fumakoshi, the man who swam to shore, wasn't injured.

Peters said Boyer's next of kin have been notified.

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