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
Received Thursday, May 27, 2010 2:27 PM and posted Thursday, May 27, 2010 2:51 PM
What could have been done differently?
Is there a reliable way to avoid this type of accident?
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 hiking...one little slip or mistake/bad judgment can be your last especially up here...be safe everyone, make it home to your families at the end of the day.
Thank goodness no one died!!!
Please my fellow outdoorsmen and women...be careful!!!
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.
Received Sunday, May 30, 2010 11:30 AM and posted Sunday, May 30, 2010 11:27 AM