Kenai man drowns in Cook Inlet

Jul 6, 2018

A Kenai man drowned in Cook Inlet after falling overboard from a commercial fishing boat on Thursday morning. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 62 year-old Anthony Walsh spent between 10-30 minutes in water north of Kodiak while the other fisherman on the boat attempted to get him aboard.

Kevin Loran of Anchorage did not immediately hear Walsh go overboard, said Alaska State Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters. She says Walsh was not wearing a life jacket.

A nearby vessel crew came and pulled Walsh out of the water. Then one of the mariners performed CPR on him. The Coast Guard was called to assist but the call was canceled after crew members declared Walsh dead, said Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios.

Rios identified the vessel as the “Hooligan” and said it arrived at the Homer Harbor with Walsh’s body.   He will be sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office, according to troopers.