3 snowmobilers die after breaking through ice in Alaska

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say three people have died after their snowmobiles broke through ice in northern Alaska.

    The deceased are identified as Jan Westlake, 36 of Noatak, Amber Westlake, 31 of Noatak, and Alexandria Howarth, 11 of Noatak. Next of kin for the three people have been notified.

    Troopers said they were notified early Monday morning that several travelers on two snowmobiles had fallen through the ice. One of the travelers made it to Noatak and summoned help from searchers.

    Searchers found one of the missing travelers, who later died en route to a hospital in Kotzebue. Troopers say the second missing person was found dead shortly before 4 a.m. Monday.

    The deaths come weeks after two Akiak men died after their all-terrain vehicles crashed through the ice on the Kuskokwim River.


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