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    Member AZinAK's Avatar
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    Unhappy Boating fatality...

    Alcohol doesn't seem to be involved...just a tragic accident that may have been able to be avoided. Just a reminder for the rest of us to stay sharp and always err on the safe side...condolences to his family and friends...


    Location: White Mountain

    Case number: 10-45147

    Type: Watercraft Accident, Fatal

    Text: On 5-26-10 at 2046 hours, the Alaska State Troopers received a
    report of a boating accident that resulted in a fatality near White
    Mountain. Ernest Oksoktaruk, 60 of White Mountain, was operating his
    river boat on the Fish River and collided with a boat traveling the
    opposite direction in a narrow bend on the river. Oksoktaruk died from
    injuries sustained during the collision. No other serious injuries were
    reported. No foul play is suspected. Alcohol is not believed to be a

    Author: JLS4
    Received Thursday, May 27, 2010 2:27 PM and posted Thursday, May 27, 2010 2:51 PM

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    Default What could have been done differently?

    Is there a reliable way to avoid this type of accident?

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    Post Situational...

    Not all situations are completely avoidable outside of just not running the rivers...on rivers that have deeper/wide bends you can always chop the throttle and ease around the blind turns. This wouldn't work if the river is narrow or if you have to stay on step to make it through the shallows. That's why I said it may have been avoided. I was just trying to let everyone know, to include myself to be extra vigilant during all our outdoor activities. Like the guy down off the Seward highway that recently fell to his death while little slip or mistake/bad judgment can be your last especially up safe everyone, make it home to your families at the end of the day.


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    Exclamation Thank goodness no one died!!!

    Please my fellow outdoorsmen and careful!!!

    Location: Willow
    Case number: 10-46427
    Type: Boating Collision with injuries
    Text: On 5/29/10, at approximately 1348 hours, Alaska State Troopers
    received a report of two boats that collided in the Deshka River, with
    injuries to those involved. Investigation revealed a 2000 Harborcraft
    driven by Bobbie L. Houser age 54, of Chugiak and a 2009 Phantom Sport
    Jon driven by Joshua R. Lebhart age 28, of Wasilla, collided in an angle
    head-on collision. There were a total of six injuries. The other
    occupants of the Harborcraft were Cherryl Houser age 55, Bobbie J.
    Houser age 28 and Elizabeth Houser age 14. Bobbie J. Houser was
    transported to the hospital by medical helicopter. Cherryl Houser and
    Elizabeth Houser were transported by Willow EMS. Bobbie L. Houser was
    not injured. The other occupants of the Phantom Sport Jon were
    Stephanie Lebhart, age 28 and her two year old child. The two year old
    was ejected from the boat but was quickly recovered from the water.
    Joshua Lebhart, Stephanie Lebhart and the child were transported by
    Willow EMS. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the collision.
    Investigation is continuing into the status of personal flotation
    devices on the boats. No citations have been written at this time,
    however the investigation is continuing. Damage to the vessels was
    estimated at over $10,000.00.
    Author: SMC1
    Received Sunday, May 30, 2010 11:30 AM and posted Sunday, May 30, 2010 11:27 AM


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