Man missing after raft flips in Katmai National Park

Published: Jun. 22, 2018 at 7:40 AM AKDT
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A 72-year-old man is missing in Katmai National park after his raft flipped on American Creek.

Park officials say the California man was in a raft that flipped over on Tuesday, June 19, and was last seen floating in the creek. The two other people in the raft with him were able to make it to opposite shores of the creek and hike downstream to a camp, where others used a satellite phone to call a nearby lodge.

Park rangers, the Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers and lodge staff searched for the man, but by Friday morning, the formal search has been called off after no sign of the man was found.

The Park Service has not released the man’s name, but says he had extensive experience rafting Alaskan rivers. The man was not wearing a life jacket when the raft flipped.