A kayak overturned Saturday afternoon along the Matanuska River, Alaska State Troopers said, during an accident in the Glacier View area that killed a Sutton man.
Alaska State Troopers identified the deceased in an online dispatch Saturday afternoon as 63-year-old Martin Rinke. Word came in at about 1:15 p.m. of the capsize, near a formation known as the Lion’s Head. Rinke was initially said to have been in a raft with other people, but troopers later said in an update that he and three other people had been in one-person inflatable kayaks when Rinke’s overturned.
“(Rinke) succumbed to injuries received and was pronounced deceased at the scene,” troopers wrote.
Otto Feather, the borough’s director of emergency services, said the incident took place near Mile 105 of the Glenn Highway. Good Samaritans who initially responded told borough staff that one of the people involved had died, with others trapped on the river’s far shore.
Feather said Sutton responders, as well as the borough’s dive team, headed to the scene but turned it over to Alaska State Troopers by 2:30 p.m.
Troopers spokesman Tim DeSpain said that the raft’s other occupants were rescued. Rinke’s body took longer for rescuers to reach Saturday afternoon, however, with help from Nova River Runners.
The state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage will conduct an autopsy on Rinke’s body.
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