Anchorage man drowns while dipnetting in Kenai

Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2004

An Anchorage man drown after being swept into Cook Inlet from waters off the banks of the Kenai River where he was fishing early Monday morning.

Jimmy Man Chun, 59, was dipnetting in deep water off the north bank at the mouth of the river when he apparently lost his footing. Witnesses called 911 about 5:25 a.m. to report the man flailing about in the water. Other dipnetters on the north bank tried to pull the man in by extending their dipnets for him to grab, but the dipnets were far too short. The current quickly took hold of the man and swept him into the inlet, said Kenai Police Lt. Kim Wannamaker.

Police officers responding to the scene radioed a nearby commercial fishing vessel for assistance. The vessel's crew pulled the man from the inlet waters and emergency crews met the vessel at the dock at Snug Harbor.

Chun was taken to Central Peninsula General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Witnesses said he moved further and further away from the bank, until he was out into the river beyond the other dipnetters.

"He had just gone out too far," Wannamaker said.



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