- Associated Press - Saturday, June 21, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman says a wildlife trooper and some fishing guides rescued four people from a disabled boat on the Talkeetna River shortly before it sank.

KTUU-TV reports (https://is.gd/Z5cutf ) that the boat’s occupants notified troopers late Friday afternoon that they were in trouble, with the boat taking on water about two miles from Talkeetna’s small boat launch.

Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen says the flat-bottomed river boat with a jet motor hit a sandbar, which killed the engine. The boat then got sucked into a log jam.

A wildlife trooper responded by boat, as did guides from Phantom Salmon Charters. The rescuers had the four people on board the disabled boat rope themselves together, then walk across a log to one of the waiting boats.

Ipsen says the four are fine. Their boat drifted beneath the log jam and sank.

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Information from: KTUU-TV, https://www.ktuu.com


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