2 missing on river trip from Bethel to village

Oct 29, 2013 -- 7:45am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Volunteer searchers have found a boat used by two men missing on a trip from Bethel to the village of Tuntutuliak. State Troopers say a search continues for 46-year-old Jim Lee Napoka of Tuluksak (tuh-LUK'-sak) and 37-year-old Nick Cooke of Bethel. The Anchorage Daily News reports they left last week to travel to a funeral but never arrived. Napoka's sunken 16-foot boat was spotted Sunday near the mouth of the Kialik River upriver from Tuntutuliak. Trooper Michael Wilson says more than 100 miles of river have been searched. Trooper Sgt. Gregory Lavin says the search was hampered because no one knew the men's route, the provisions they carried or the effects of stormy weather on their trip.

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