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Hunter dies west of Juneau after falling from canoe

November 14, 2018

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Juneau hunter died after falling from a canoe.

The Juneau Empire reports 64-year-old David Frank Blackwell died Tuesday near Young Bay off Admiralty Island. The bay is near the back side of Douglas Island.

Coast Guard Petty Officer First Class Charly Hengen says Blackwell was alone in the canoe.

He fell 150 yards (137 meters) off shore. He wore a float coat and floated near shore, where his son pulled him out.

Hengen says it’s not known how he fell or how long he was in the water.

Blackwell’s son administered CPR. Coast Guard responders took over and flew Blackwell by helicopter to Juneau.

He was pronounced dead at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

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An earlier version of this story reported the victim was 60 years old.

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Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com

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