Kenai fisherman dead in Cook Inlet drowning
A 62-year-old man died Thursday morning after he went overboard from a commercial fishing vessel in Cook Inlet, Alaska State Troopers said.
The vessel from which Kenai resident Anthony Walsh was fishing arrived in Homer Thursday after his drowning was reported at about 9 a.m. Thursday, according to an online dispatch. Homer police, along with troopers and the U.S. Coast Guard, responded to investigate.
“The investigation showed Kevin Loran, 59 of Anchorage, and [Walsh] were commercial salmon fishing in Cook Inlet when Walsh went overboard,” troopers wrote. “Loran attempted to get Walsh back on board but was not successful. While Loran was trying to get Walsh aboard, Walsh became unresponsive and went face down in the water.”
Another vessel responded to assist and Walsh was retrieved from the water, but CPR efforts were unsuccessful.
Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said Walsh and Loran were the only two crew members of the Hooligan, the vessel involved in the incident. Walsh had been wearing fishing gear with no flotation device when he went overboard; it wasn't clear how long he had spent in the water.
Walsh’s next of kin have been notified. His body is being sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage.
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