Pennsylvania hunter dies in boating accident

Posted: Wednesday, September 05, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Pennsylvania hunter died over the weekend when he fell out of a boat on the Hoholitna River in southwestern Alaska.

The guide who was with him said Louis Tracy stood up in the boat Saturday to see a moose better, lost his balance, and fell into the water, Alaska State Troopers said. Tracy, 73, had refused to wear a life jacket, according to the guide, Gregory McElveen.

Troopers said the guide also went into the river. He was able to get Tracy to shore, but not before he drowned. The river is located near the village of Sleetmute, 243 miles west of Anchorage.

Family members told troopers Tracy was in poor health and had been discouraged from coming to Alaska.

Tracy was from Waterford, a small town in northwestern Pennsylvania near Erie.

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