Boy, 3, drowns in Togiak Bay accident

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Alaska State Trooper hat. (Alaska Public Media file photo)

A 3-year-old boy died Thursday after falling into water during an accident in Togiak, Alaska State Troopers said.

An online dispatch said that a trooper based in Togiak, a village of about 770 people nearly 70 miles west of Dillingham, was notified of the incident at about 1 p.m. Thursday.  

“A preliminary investigation revealed that two boys were playing near the water of Togiak Bay when the 3-year-old fell into the water,” troopers said in the dispatch. “The other boy went to get help, and an adult retrieved the child from the water, who was unresponsive.”

The boy was taken to the Togiak clinic, where he was declared dead.

Troopers spokesman Austin McDaniel said the incident occurred as the children were playing on the shoreline of the bay, and that the boy who got help was 5 years old. Few other details about the incident, including how long the 3-year-old was immersed, were immediately available.

Troopers said the boy’s family has been notified. His body has been sent to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

Chris Klint is a web producer and breaking news reporter at Alaska Public Media. Reach him at cklint@alaskapublic.org. Read more about Chris here.

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