A 27-year-old snowmachiner died Sunday near the Northwest Alaska village of Golovin, after Alaska State Troopers say he fell into water.

Word of the incident that left Golovin resident Travis Fagerstrom dead reached troopers at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, according to an online dispatch.

“Fagerstrom had been water skipping a 30-foot lead in the ice, on his snowmachine, with his friends,” troopers wrote. “Fagerstrom's friends went to get help. Searchers responded to the area by boat.”

Searchers using drag hooks recovered Fagerstrom’s body from the water at about noon Sunday.

Troopers responded to Golovin to investigate Fagerstrom’s death. His body was subsequently released to family members by the state medical examiner’s office.

Troopers have warned people to stay off frozen rivers and lakes this season, after several deadly incidents in which snowmachiners have fallen through ice.

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