High number of accidents reported on Kenai River

Jul 10, 2013 -- 7:50am
- KENAI, Alaska (AP) - An unusually high number of boating accidents have been reported on the upper Kenai River. The Peninsula Clarion says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recorded 11 accidents this season, compared to the usual two or three per year. Agency law enforcement supervisor Chris Johnson says various factors are contributing to the higher number. Johnson says last year's high water undercut a lot of the bank. He says that generated a lot of overhanging trees that can sweep someone out of a boat and trees or objects that can trap boats. According to Johnson, fast currents and inexperienced boaters also are playing a role. None of the accidents have resulted in fatalities.

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