Alaska Digest

Posted: Friday, July 27, 2007

Anchorage girlpresumed dead after fall into the sea

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FALSE PASS - A 15-year-old Anchorage girl vanished and is presumed dead after she fell off a cannery dock in False Pass and was swept away into the sea, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

The girl was drinking with another 15-year-old girl in the Aleutian Island town when she fell off the dock between 3 and 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, authorities said.

More than 12 hours after she had fallen into the water, searchers from the U.S. Coast Guard and others had found no sign of her, said Sgt. Randy McPheron of the Alaska State Troopers in Dillingham.

The name of the girl is not being released because of her age.

McPheron said the girls were related, possibly cousins.

"Apparently, they got hold of some alcohol and were drinking," he said. "The victim fell off the dock and was swept away" by strong currents.

The other girl told McPheron that she tried to get help but failed and climbed into a car where she "passed out," he said. Someone found her asleep at about 8:30 a.m., and she called her mother, who notified troopers.

McPheron said it was unclear exactly how the accident occurred, but troopers do not suspect foul play.

Heavy rainfall triggers landslide, closure on major Kodiak road

KODIAK - Heavy rainfall caused a landslide early Wednesday on one of the major roads through the city of Kodiak, prompting transportation officials to temporarily reroute traffic.

The landslide enveloped two lanes on Rezanof Drive, but did not damage any buildings, officials said. The road, above the Kodiak Fishmeal Co., was later reopened.

The slide dumped about 100 cubic yards of dirt and brush onto the road, said Rob Greene, Kodiak Area Supervisor for the Department of Transportation.

The National Weather Service reported nearly five inches of rain over a 24-hour period spanning Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

"We will continue seeing rain probably for the better part of the next 18 hours with the possibility of another inch before we're finished," NWS mobile emergency unit meteorological technician Mike Kutz said.

On Tuesday, 2.70 inches of rain fell on the Southcentral Alaska island.

Officials said the Lake Rose Tead causeway near the Pasagshak River state recreation site is under a foot of water.

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