UPDATE: Snowmachiner identified after fatal crash at Arctic Man

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PAXSON, Alaska (KTUU) - A man has died riding a rented snowmachine overnight at Arctic Man.

Alaska State Troopers identified the rider as Clayton Kaigelak, 31, of Nuiqsut.

The executive director of the Alaska Avalanche Information Center, Debra McGhan, who is currently providing avalanche information and expertise at the event, says Kaigelak went for a short ride by himself late Friday night and didn't return to camp.

Family and friends went searching for Kaigelak at dawn and found him on a steep hill in an area that had recently seen a slide.

They feared triggering an avalanche so they returned to camp and alerted Arctic man director, 68-year-old Howard Thies.

Thies came to McGhan around 8:30 a.m. to report that a man may have been caught in an avalanche on a south facing slope in the Hoo-Doo Mountains.

McGhan's crew went out looking for the Kaigelak and was able to recover his body from under a snowmachine. She describes that it appears he went over a peak before losing control and tumbling down a hill.

There was however no slide or avalanche, according to McGhan.

McGhan says it's her understanding the incident occurred around 1 or 2 o'clock in the morning.

Alaska State Troopers released Kaigelak's name around 5 p.m. Saturday, Troopers say that foul play is not suspected.



 
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