Editor's note: This story has been changed to reflect that the accident occurred on the Susitna River, not the Deshka River.
by Channel 2 News staff
Saturday, March 13, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- State troopers have identified a Houston snowmachiner who fell through ice on the Susitna River Saturday and is presumed dead.
Troopers responded to a call at 3 p.m. Saturday reporting that 51-year-old Scott Aslakson and his snowmachine fell through ice near Deshka Landing. Divers and aircraft responded to the scene and found Aslakson's snowmachine, but could not find him due to the flow of the river.
Troopers warn that snowmachiners should be very careful at this time of year due to warming temperatures and unstable ice. They suggest snowmachining in pairs and carrying adequate safety equipment.
Aslakson's next of kin have been notified.