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The Latest: 2 dead after ATVs crash through Alaska river ice

April 01, 2019 - 5:57 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Latest on ATVs crashing through the Kuskokwim River ice (all times local):

4:40 p.m.

Alaska State Troopers say responders have recovered the bodies of two people who died after their all-terrain vehicles broke through the ice on the Kuskokwim River.

Trooper spokesman Tim DeSpain says the bodies were recovered Sunday. But he adds that responders decided to wait overnight to bring them back to Bethel because of darkness, thin ice and a lack of resources after three survivors were transported from the scene.

DeSpain says plans were underway to transport the bodies Monday afternoon to Bethel.

The names of the two deceased people were not immediately released.

The two were among five people travelling on the two ATVs that crashed through the ice. Troopers took a call about the accident Sunday night.

Three people made it out of the river and were transported to Bethel Hospital for treatment of hypothermia.

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8:50 a.m.

Two all-terrain vehicles carrying five people crashed through ice on the Kuskokwim River and two people are missing.

Alaska State Troopers took a call on the accident shortly before 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

The four-wheelers went through the ice near the upper end of Church Slough.

Three people made it out of the river and were transported to Bethel Hospital for treatment of hypothermia.

A search for the two missing people was to resume Monday.

Troopers are recommending that all river travel stop due to thin ice conditions and warm weather. Troopers say river travel has become extremely hazardous.

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