A Hooper Bay man is dead in what Alaska State Troopers are describing as an accidental drowning that occurred in the early morning hours of July 13.
Darin Long, 18, was last seen by his parents at 11:30 p.m. on July 12 when he set off to go subsistence fishing, Troopers report.
Around 1 a.m. on July 13 Troopers report a call came in requesting emergency personnel for an apparent drowning in a slough near Hooper Bay. Troopers arrived to find Long tangled in a partially deployed fishing net, according to Troopers.
With the assistance of the Hooper Bay VPSO and emergency personnel, crews were able to remove Long from the waters. Resuscitation measures were taken at the scene, and continued at the Hooper Bay clinic without success, Troopers said. Long would be pronounced deceased around 3 a.m., according to Troopers.
Troopers note Long was not wearing a personal flotation device at the time of the accident.
Though there was no sign of foul play and it appears alcohol did not play a factor in the accident, Troopers will continue to investigate the events that led up to Long’s apparent drowning.