Police: No alcohol tied to drowning

Posted: Monday, July 03, 2000

Juneau police said today that there was no reason for them to suspect alcohol contributed to the drowning death of Travis Mason.

The 16-year-old died after a personal watercraft accident off Spuhn Island late on the night of April 21.

``There is nothing that we know of that indicated that Travis had any alcohol,'' said Lt. Walt Boman, spokesman for the Juneau Police Department. ``As of today, I believe this case is closed as a watercraft accident in which someone drowned. Environmental factors were the contributing cause to this, not alcohol.''

Mason's body was found June 24 off Fritz Cove.

The Empire reported last week that police believed there was an implication of alcohol being responsible for the accident.

Along with saying there was no reason to believe Mason had been intoxicated, Boman said there was no reason to believe the watercraft driver was intoxicated when the accident occurred either.

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