Troopers investigating deaths of 3 snowmachiners near Noatak
Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers are investigating an incident that left three snowmachiners, including an 11-year-old child, dead near Noatak early Monday morning.
The search and rescue coordinator in Noatak called troopers about 1 a.m., saying two snowmachines with multiple riders had fallen through the ice, according to an online dispatch posted Monday afternoon.
One of the riders was able to get to Noatak for help and reported one person had died and two others were missing.
One of the missing riders was located by search volunteers and medevaced to the hospital in Kotzebue. The rider later died at the hospital.
The other person who was unaccounted for was found deceased at about 3:45 a.m. by search and rescue volunteers.
Troopers say the three deceased are 36-year-old Jan Westlake, 31-year-old Amber Westlake and 11-year-old Alexandria Howarth, all of Noatak.
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