Alaska fisherman dies after falling overboard in Cook Inlet

One man died last week after falling overboard while fishing in Cook Inlet near Homer, Alaska.

Anthony Walsh, 62, of Kenai, drowned after falling overboard while fishing a Cook Inlet salmon opening aboard the F/V Hooligan, according to Alaska State Troopers. According to reports, Walsh was fishing with Kevin Loran, 59, of Anchorage. Police say Loran attempted to get Walsh back on the boat but was unable to do so.

Officials were notified of the situation at 8:56 a.m. and were able to remove Walsh from the water with assistance from another boat. Responders attempted CPR, but Walsh was unresponsive and was not able to be revived.

Walsh was reportedly not wearing a PFD.

The state medical examiner will conduct an autopsy.

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Samuel Hill

Samuel Hill is associate editor for National Fisherman. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine where he got his start in journalism at the campus’ newspaper, the Free Press. He has also written for the Bangor Daily News, the Outline, Motherboard and other publications about technology and culture.

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