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3 Alaska villagers die in Kuskokwim River boating accident

August 20, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Three residents of an Alaska village died in a riverboat accident.

Alaska State Troopers say the bodies of three residents of Tuntutuliak (toon-too-TOO-lee-ak) were pulled Sunday pulled from the Kuskokwim (KUS-koh-kwim) River.

Tuntutuliak is 40 miles (65 kilometers) from the Bering Sea coast and 440 miles (708 kilometers) west of Anchorage.

Troopers identified the dead as 50-year-old Peter Joseph Jr., 43-year-old Jennifer Joseph and 44-year-old Nettie Evan.

A family member on Saturday afternoon spoke by phone to Jennifer Joseph, who reported that the Josephs and Evan were on the Kuskokwim River between Napaskiak (nah-PAS-kee-ak) and Napakiak (nah-PAK-ee-ak) and heading home.

The Josephs’ unoccupied boat at about 6 p.m. Saturday was spotted on a sandbar.

Tides lifted the boat from the sandbar and it was found Monday at Eek Island.

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