- Associated Press - Monday, August 7, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Latest on a Colorado man missing in Alaska’s Kenai River (all times local):

10:15 a.m.

A spokeswoman for the Alaska State Troopers says a steering problem may have disabled a boat before four people were ejected into the Kenai (KEE-neye) River.

A search continues for 63-year-old Phillip Keltner of Colorado, one of the four who entered the river Friday night from the disabled boat. His hometown was not immediately available.

Keltner was last seen floating downriver. None of the four boaters wore a life jacket but the other three swam to shore.

Troopers’ spokeswoman Megan Peters says she does not have details on why the boaters were ejected. The private boat did not sink.

The Kenai River is Alaska’s most heavily fished river. Rainbow trout and runs of Chinook, sockeye and silver salmon draw thousands of anglers.

The 82-mile (132-kilometer) river drains the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage.


8 a.m.

A Colorado man ejected from a boat on Alaska’s Kenai (KEE-neye) River remains missing after three days of searching.

Alaska State Troopers say 63-year-old Phillip Keltner was one of four people ejected Friday night from a disabled boat.

Keltner’s hometown was not immediately available.

Troopers shortly after 9 p.m. received a report of a boat out of control near Centennial Park.

Keltner was last seen floating downriver and disappearing below the surface.

Soldotna police and other emergency responders joined troopers in an unsuccessful search.

The Alaska State Park Service continues to search.

Troopers say the cause of the boat malfunction is under investigation.

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