Monday, October 12, 2009

Body of hatchery worker found after canoe mishap

A drowning victim has been recovered from a lake near the Armstrong-Keta Inc. salmon hatchery southeast of Sitka, the Alaska State Troopers reported today.

Divers on Friday retrieved the body of Daniel S. Sweeney, 24, of Cleveland, Ohio, in about 40 feet of water some 50 yards from shore.

Sweeney and another man from the hatchery had gone fishing Oct. 5 in a canoe on Jetty Lake when a gust of wind reportedly tipped the craft over, troopers said. The second man was able to swim to shore.

Neither was wearing a life jacket, troopers said.

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