UPDATE: Three dead after two snowmachines fall through ice near Noatak

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — Update: 5:06 p.m.
Alaska State Troopers have identified the three victims as 36-year-old Jan Westlake, 31-year-old Amber Westlake, and 11-year-old Alexandria Howarth, all of Noatak.

Their families have been notified.

Original story: 2:39 p.m.
Three people are dead after two snowmachines carrying an unknown number of people fell through the ice early Monday morning according to Alaska State Troopers.

AST says the accident was reported to Kotzebue Troopers around 1 am Monday after two snowmachines carrying "several travelers" fell through the ice.

One of the travelers was able to reach Noatak and contacted Troopers who arranged a search and rescue effort. One person was reported dead and two others missing.

Volunteer search and rescue teams found one of the people reported missing alive. They were taken to Noatak and airlifted to Kotzebue in serious condition where they later died.

Another person reported missing was found dead just before 3:45 am.

The names of the deceased have not been released.

AST and Alaska Wildlife Troopers are investigating.



 
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