Juneau Brothers Die In Boating Accident Near Tenakee Springs

Two brothers from Juneau died in a boating accident Friday near Tenakee Springs.

Alaska State Troopers Spokeswoman Megan Peters says 26-year-old Casey Newman and 23-year-old Kelly Newman went missing when their 18-foot Lund skiff capsized late Friday. Peters says  Jim Brown, Jr., in his mid-20s, was also on the boat and was able to swim to shore.

“It appears they were about a half a mile from shore when a wave came over the stern of the boat and caused it to sink,” she said.

Peters says the U.S. Coast Guard notified Troopers of the incident about 8:30 Friday night. At that point Brown had already made it to shore, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Searchers located Kelly Newman’s body a short time later. Peters says Casey Newman’s body was located Saturday with the help of underwater cameras.

All three men were Juneau-Douglas High School graduates.

The Newman brothers are survived by their parents, Nancy Davis and Joe Newman.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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