Youth dies after snowmachine breaks through ice

Posted: Wednesday, September 27, 2000

BARROW (AP) -- A 12-year-old boy died after the snowmachine he was riding broke through an ice-covered lagoon, the North Slope Borough Police Department said.

Steven Patkotak was crossing the lagoon behind Eben Hopson Middle School with 13-year-old Ronald Brower Jr. when the snowmachine they were on broke through the ice at about 7 p.m. Monday.

Rescue workers pulled Patkotak from the water but their efforts to resuscitate him failed. He was declared dead about two hours later.

Brower was treated and released at Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital.

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