Monday, July 19, 2010

Update on lost Norton Sound gillnetter

The body of salmon fisherman Thomas Sagoonick, 36, of Shaktoolik, has been found.

Local residents discovered the body washed up on the beach Sunday, said Beth Ipsen, a spokeswoman for the Alaska State Troopers.

Sagoonick and two crewmen, Clarence Savetilik Jr., 24, and Brian Savetilik, 19, both of Shaktoolik, were in a small boat laden with salmon when it capsized in rough waters Friday, Ipsen said.

Villagers managed to save the two crewmen, who were clinging to a buoy, troopers said.

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