Katmai visitor drowns in canoe accident; wife missing

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2000

(Anchorage-AP) -- A Japanese man drowned and his wife was missing Wednesday after a canoeing accident in Naknek Lake at Katmai National Park and Preserve, according to the National Park Service.

The body of Atsushi Sugiura, 38, was found Tuesday afternoon, shortly after the couple was reported overdue, said John Quinley of the Park Service. Rescue workers were searching for his wife, Naomi, on Wednesday.

Sugiura's body was found in a lifejacket, entangled with the swamped and beached canoe about three miles from Brooks Camp on the opposite shore. Another lifejacket and some personal effects were found on the beach nearby.

The couple had set out for a two-hour canoe trip on Monday. High winds and a chop of at least two feet were reported on the lake that day, Quinley said.

Sugiura and his wife, both Japanese citizens, were from Novi, Mich. They arrived at Brooks Camp on Saturday, and were scheduled to leave Tuesday.

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