Search crew finds the body of a missing man after boat capsizes on Chignik Lake

Published: Dec. 28, 2020 at 6:16 PM AKST|Updated: Dec. 31, 2020 at 10:25 AM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A search crew found the body of a missing man after a boat capsized on Chignik Lake, according to Alaska State Troopers.

AST says two people died, while five people were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The report came in around 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, to Fairbanks Troopers.

Around 6:30 p.m., a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter responded to the area and was able to rescue: Kevin O’Domin, Denise Bereskin, Taylor Lind, Jamie O’Domin, and a 16-year-old minor from Chignik Lake.

They also recovered the body of Fred Shangin and Nicholas Garner, both from Chignik Lake.

Lind, Shangin, and Garner were moving a snowmachine in a skiff on the lake, according to AST when they were capsized by a wave. Lind was able to self-rescue after about a half-hour, Garner wasn’t able to hold on to the boat and disappeared in the lake.

Shangin died from cold water exposure on the boat before rescuers were able to get there according to a trooper dispatch. Garner’s body was recovered underwater and brought back to Chignik Lake.

Jamie O’Domin and the 16-year-old were in a boat and tried to help, Kevin O’Domin and Bereskin were on the shore according to the report.

Trooper say no one on the skiff was wearing life vests when the boat capsized.

Chignik Lake is in the Lake and Peninsula Borough, it has a population of about 57 people, according to state records.

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