Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Missing man found dead in Nushagak River

Here's an update from the Alaska State Troopers on the search for a man who went overboard on the Nushagak River at Bristol Bay:

Location: Dillingham
Type: Death investigation
On 9/12/10 at approximately 0230 hours, the U.S. Coast Guard was notified that Jerome "Ernie" Beltran, 26, of Dillingham, fell overboard off a fishing vessel that was anchored in the Nushagak River approximately a half-mile upstream from Portage Creek. Alaska State Troopers were notified and a search and rescue effort was launched involving the USCG, AST, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, the Dillingham Search and Rescue Team, Choggiung Ltd. and multiple volunteers from the Dillingham area. On 9/14/10 at approximately 1700 hours, a volunteer search party recovered Beltran's body from the Nushagak River near Portage Creek. He was deceased. The AST investigation is continuing, but at this time there is no indication of foul play. AST would like to thank all those who contributed to this search effort, especially the volunteers who contributed so much.

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