- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - In stories June 17 and June 20 about rafting deaths in Alaska, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Alaska Alpine Adventures said 10 people were in one raft. The company on Monday said there were five rafts with two people in each.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Women killed in Alaska rafting accident only ones on craft

A tour operator said Monday two women killed while rafting a remote Alaska river had been the only two in the inflatable craft when it capsized

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A tour operator said Monday two women killed while rafting a remote Alaska river had been the only two in the inflatable craft when it capsized.



Sixty-nine-year-old Cheryl Minnehan of Elk Grove, California, and 67-year-old Karen Todd of Sparks, Nevada, died Wednesday after their raft overturned during a guided excursion on the Kongakut River in Alaska’s remote North Slope.

The operator, Alaska Alpine Adventures, said there were five rafts carrying two people apiece.

The company says the women were among eight guests and two guides on the 12-day excursion.

Minnehan’s family is questioning why it took responders 20 hours to recover the bodies.

North Slope Borough spokesman John Boyle says he couldn’t comment beyond saying borough police are investigating the deaths.

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