Shishmaref man dies after snowmachine falls through ice while attempting to skip it over open water

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Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 8:20 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A man died after his snowmachine fell through the ice while he was attempting to skip it across the water near Shishmaref Lagoon earlier this week.

Bert Iyatunguk, 32, was riding the snowmachine with a passenger when it sunk in open water Wednesday afternoon, according to an online dispatch posted by Alaska State Troopers.

The passenger swam to shore, but Iyatunguk couldn’t be seen in the water.

A village public safety officer and members of the community searched the water and found Iyatunguk about 45 minutes after the incident was reported to troopers — just after 4:30 p.m.

Life-saving efforts were made, according to the dispatch, but Iyatunguk died at the Shishmaref Clinic. His family has been notified.

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