SC man dies when boat capsizes in southeast Alaska - FOX Carolina 21

SC man dies when boat capsizes in southeast Alaska

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SITKA, Alaska (AP) -

The bodies of two out-of-state fishing lodge visitors have been recovered after their boat capsized in southeast Alaska.

One of the men called authorities on a cellphone about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, reporting their 18-foot boat capsized about 20 miles south of Petersburg.

Authorities found the bodies about 10 p.m., approximately a half mile apart and about 20 yards and 40 yards offshore of an island.

Alaska State Troopers identified the men as 45-year-old Jonathan Comfort of Clayton, Delaware, and 58-year-old Kenneth Rupprecht of Tamassee, South Carolina.

The Coast Guard tells the Daily Sitka Sentinel the two men said they were wearing lifejackets but didn't have survival suits. Troopers report neither man was wearing a lifejacket when recovered.

Both bodies will be sent to Anchorage for autopsies.

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