Woman killed while walking on Ketchikan dock

California resident struck by tour vehicle

Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2007

KETCHIKAN - A woman walking on a city dock died after being struck by an amphibious tour vehicle.

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The death Monday of Myong S. Thayer, 59, remains under investigation, the Ketchikan Police Department stated.

Thayer, of California, was a passenger off the cruise ship Norwegian Star, Ketchikan Public Safety Director Rich Leipfert said.

The accident happened on the wooden dock portion of Beth II, between the north entrance and the Ketchikan Visitors Center.

The vehicle was owned by Alaska Amphibious Tours. Operations manager Tina Nelson called the incident "a very, very unfortunate accident."

"The details are still under investigation, and it would be inappropriate to make any further comments at this time," she said in the prepared statement.

The Ketchikan-based Alaska Amphibious Tours LLC is owned by John and Jillian Malouf, according to documentation filed with the State of Alaska Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing.

The company operates three amphibious vehicles on the "Ketchikan Duck Tour." Part of the tour occurs in Tongass Narrows, with the amphibious vehicles entering and exiting the narrows at Bar Harbor.

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