ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Two boaters drowned Friday afternoon in an Interior lake, according to Alaska State Troopers.
AST spokesperson Tim DeSpain says dispatchers received an initial report of the incident, at Lake Louise, at 12:13 p.m. Two Outside men, whose names have not yet been released, were aboard a rented 14-foot boat when they tried to restart its engine while it was in gear and rocked the vessel.
One man fell into the water and the boat started to run in circles, subsequently causing the other man to fall overboard. Neither man was wearing a life jacket, although they were provided with the boat and stil aboard.
Another boat brought the two men ashore, but one had already been submerged for some period of time. Both were declared dead at the scene.
Lake Louise fire and emergency medical services personnel responded to the incident, as did the owner of the Lake Louise Lodge.