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Fishing lodge tourists perish Sunday evening


Two men died Sunday evening after their 18-foot skiff capsized near Level Island 22 miles south of Petersburg

According to an Alaska State Troopers press release, a United States Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter found Jonathan Comfort, 45, and Kenneth Rupprecht, 58, dead around 10 p.m. in the water and without life jackets near Douglas Bay on the south end of Kupreanof Island.

Comfort called 911 around 5:30 p.m. and told Petersburg Police dispatch their boat had capsized and they were swimming toward Level Island. Petersburg Police notified the USCG. Petersburg and Wrangell Alaska Wildlife T...

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