Story last updated at 2:35 p.m. Thursday, November 7, 2002

Sport fisherman drowns at Chilkoot
A fisherman was found dead in the Chilkoot River near Haines on Sunday. Alaska State Troopers said Erich Tyrner, 71, of Whitehorse, apparently lost his footing while fishing the rain-swollen river and was found by a fellow angler below the fish-counting weir.

"His chest waders were filled with water and he was completely submerged," said trooper Robert Hunter.

Troopers on Monday advised anglers to be cautious while fishing the river.

"It's vicious right now. With this rain, the river is almost up to the planks on the weir. The water clarity is low. It's typical Alaskan water, cold and muddy. You can't see where you're putting your foot when you take a step." Hunter said.

Many Canadian anglers have been traveling to the Chilkoot because of a record-breaking coho salmon run in the area.

--Chilkat Valley News


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