One dead in Wrangell Narrows boating collision

After a six-hour search, divers recovered the body of a woman who died in a boat collision between a 20-foot Hewescraft aluminum skiff and a 58-foot commercial fishing vessel in the Wrangell Narrows near the mouth of Blind Slough on Wednesday morning, June 5.

An Alaska State Troopers spokesman on Friday identified the woman as Susan Paul, 73, of California.

A second individual, thrown from the skiff into the water, was rescued by a good Samaritan on the scene, according to a U.S. Coast Guard news release. The man was taken to the Petersburg hospital, suffering from hypothermia and minor injuri...


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