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    Word is boat down on the Kenai bunch of kids 1 adult sounds like fatalities involved

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    Sad, very sad.

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    Any information on this accident?

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    So sorry to hear this.

    Please keep us posted.

    Shouldn't be.....just shouldn't be.

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    Very sad loss of life on Tustumena lake. Boat swamped with water crossing the lake 2 miles from shore. Out of 5, 3 survivors and 2 did not make it. All were wearing their PFD's. AST and USFWS on the search/rescue and recovery. Heart felt prayers for the loss of life to the families and friends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bear74 View Post
    Any information on this accident?
    I found the summary in the trooper dispatch.
    http://www.dps.state.ak.us/pio/dispa...1.20110605.txt

    Condolonces to the families.

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    The dispatch post:

    Location: Tustumena Lake
    Case Number: 11-51823
    Type: Search and Rescue/Body recovery

    Text: At approximately 1638 on 6/4/2011, Soldotna dispatch received a
    phone call relaying information about boating debris found in Tustumena
    Lake. A search involving an AWT aircraft, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife
    aircraft, and two U.S. Fish and Wildlife boats was launched to look for
    the five boaters suspected of being in the boat. The body of Katarina
    Anderson, 16, of Kenai was found at 1912 hours and the body of Ashley
    Udelhoven, 47, of Kenai, was found at 1924 hours. Three survivors,
    Udelhoven's daughters Hanna Udelhoven, 13, and Miranda Udelhoven, 15,
    both of Soldotna and a friend, Athena Robinson, 12, of Sterling, flagged
    down a search plane at approximately 2016 hours. The girls were
    transported by U.S. Federal Fish and Wildlife aircraft to Soldotna, they
    were then transported to Peninsula Hospital by CES for treatment of
    minor injuries. The survivors reported the boat had become swamped with
    water while crossing the lake the previous night and Udelhoven and
    Anderson had succumbed during the two-mile swim to shore. Everyone was
    reportedly wearing a lifejacket during the incident.

    Author: OFH0
    Received Sunday, June 05, 2011 1:05 AM and posted Sunday, June 05, 2011 1:05 AM


    AK Wildlife Troopers

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    My sincere condolences to all the family and friends.

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    Thats terrible..
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    Unhappy Terrible News...

    This really rips me up... in a couple ways. What a tragic and needless waste of life. It's quite sad in that regard. But it pisses me off too. WTH are a bunch of teenagers doing out on T-Lake at night?!? Tustumena is an extremely dangerous piece of water. I'd let teenagers go out in the Inlet long before I'd let them loose on Tustumena. Gawd, this really ticks me off to see such a thing.

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    Their 47 year old mother was with them
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    Very sad story though it says a lot about the will to survive. Those three kids swam 2 miles in that frigid water then survived a night alone before being rescued. I don't know that I have that much mental toughness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuJon View Post
    Very sad story though it says a lot about the will to survive. Those three kids swam 2 miles in that frigid water then survived a night alone before being rescued. I don't know that I have that much mental toughness.
    Sadly it would seem 2/5 of that group didn't either.

    Reminds me of a conversation you and I had recently......

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    Quote Originally Posted by tailwind View Post
    Their 47 year old mother was with them
    The paper said that Ashley was their father.
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    One who made it was my student. The girls were tough; they not only swam, but walked as well. I'm not sure why they were on the lake so late, but an adult was in charge. The girl I spoke of is thankful to be alive.

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    Thank you for the update. If anyone that knows them can let me know if they need anything I would like to help. Crisis intervention and the like are in my repertoire.

    This is so sad for those girls........

    Just saddens me.......

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    I can't even begin to wrap my head around how strong those kids are. Just to survive that ordeal is astonishing. To do it while facing the loss of a father and friend is mind boggling.

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    It looks like the father was a wrestler from back when, tough girls for sure.

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    I don't know this particular branch of the family, but I've known a number of the Udelhovens over the years. Most of the family is big into sports. So the athletic abilities do not surprise me.

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    I doubt that they would have survived even two weeks ago. Apparently the surface water wasn't so cold that it caused instant hypothermia. I have a great deal of respect for and fear of that lake. I gives me the willies, though I know people who feel comfortable on it.

    I heard a little more about the incident. This is from a friend:
    "The other three girls did make it back to shore after swimming for a long time, rested then began a long, four hour walk through the woods with no shoes until they could reach help. Miranda has frostbite on one of her feet, Hannah has some injury to her foot as well.".

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    This is indeed a tragic story. All parties involved are good friends of my daughter. Miranda was a true hero through this whole ordeal. I believe she is the main reason her little sister and her sister's friend survived. She hiked barefoot with them for nearly 7 hours until they reached a cabin where she started a fire, boiled water and cooked what little food was left in the cooler they'd carried with them. The cooler is all they were able to hold on to in the water...she posted on the deceased friend's facebook page. "I'm sorry, so sorry I couldn't hold on to you any longer." After watching her best friend and father drown right in front of her, she still saw to it to save Hanna and Athena. From my understanding (which could be erroneous), the boat went in the lake around 7PM Friday night...not as late as originally indicated and yes, her father was with them. So, from the time the boat went in the water until the time they were rescued was 24 hours total. Her feet will be fine, but are badly cut up now and bruised. She even got up and went to church this morning. She is an amazing young lady.
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