16-year-old's body found near Fritz Cove

Posted: Monday, June 26, 2000

The body of Travis Mason, a Juneau youth thrown from a personal watercraft Easter weekend, has been found.

At about noon Saturday, a Juneau woman, 47, was boating with her 8-year-old daughter in the waters near Fritz Cove when they discovered the boy's remains, according to Juneau State Trooper Sgt. Will Ellis.

The boy, 16 at the time of his disappearance, was lost after a personal watercraft he was riding capsized late on April 21. The watercraft was being operated by Diamond Bevegni, then 20. The weather was bad as the pair were traveling from North Douglas to a camp site on Little Suedla Island.

Ellis said it was determined that the cause of death was drowning and the boy's remains -- damaged from being in the water for so long -- were released to his family without an autopsy.

``The father identified the clothing,'' he said.

Since the incident, a new state law has been approved that mandates that people on personal watercraft and other boats wear life jackets.

Bevegni suffered hypothermia in the incident, which was followed by an extensive search by concerned citizens, the U.S. Coast Guard and state troopers.

Mason had recently received his General Educational Development credential and had hopes of going to school at the Seattle Art Institute.



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