One Dead in Kayaking Accident

On August 9 at approximately 1:29 pm, Alaska state troopers were notified that a kayaker had flipped his kayak on the Tonsina River approximately 2 miles from the Richardson highway.

The kayaker, 36-year-old Valdez resident Reese Doyle, was underwater for approximately ten minutes before other members of his kayaking group were able to recover him from the water.

The group attempted lifesaving efforts for approximately 45 minutes without success. Alaska state troopers responded via Helo 3 and recovered Doyle’s body.