- Associated Press - Friday, May 26, 2017

SHAKTOOLIK, Alaska (AP) - The bodies of two western Alaska villagers have been recovered from a slough near the village of Shaktoolik (shak-TOO-lik).

Alaska State Troopers say the bodies of 68-year-old Ella Agibinik (ag-i-BIN-ik) of Unalakleet (YOO-nah-lah-kleet) and 75-year-old Dan Takak of Shaktoolik were pulled from the water.

Agibinik and Takak had left to hunt for wild bird eggs and were using a makeshift raft on Beeson Slough.

Troopers say they did not return Wednesday and Shaktoolik residents began a search.

Searchers found the bodies near shore. The raft was not found but searchers found bits of plastic foam nearby.

Neither Agibinik nor Takak wore a life jacket. Autopsies are planned.


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