Stebbins Man Safe After Snowmachine Falls Through The Ice

A Stebbins man travelling to Kotlik is safe after his snowmachine broke through the ice.

State troopers on Tuesday night received a report that 27-year-old Albert Bogeyaktuk Junior had not made it into Kotlik.

Searchers went out from both Kotlik and Stebbins but did not find him.

A family member later began searching and was able to find Bogeyaktuk. His snowmachine had broken through at the Nunavulnuk river. He returned to Stebbins with the family member and no injuries were reported.

And later this week on the same route, volunteer searchers found a 25-year-old man and his 14-year old sister stopped in a ground storm.

Their mother reported the two were overdue coming to Kotlik and contacted the Village Police officer in Stebbins.

Search parties went out and a crew out of Kotlik found the two at around 11:00 p.m. in good condition. They traveled to Kotlik with the search party.

Ben Matheson is a contributor with the Alaska Public Radio Network.

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