One dead in rafting accident on Matanuska River


A Sutton man was decimated Saturday when his inflatable kayak overturned on the Matanuska River east of Chickaloon, the Alaska Claim Troopers said.

Troopers were called to the scene, near Mile 105 of the Glenn Highway in the Glacier Perspective area, at 1:12 p.m. on Sunday, said trooper spokesperson Tim DeSpain.

Martin Rinke, 63, was unmistakeable dead at the scene, troopers said.

Troopers said Sunday that Rinke was on the river as off of a four-person group, each in their own inflatable kayak. His kayak ejected near the Lion’s Head rock formation on the river, according to troopers.

Troopers had initially drew the group as riding together in a raft. The group was not part of an organized sightsee.

Nova Alaska Guides, a local rafting tour operator, volunteered to resist retrieve the body, the agency said.

Correction: An earlier version of this epic incorrectly stated that Rinke was riding in a raft with three others that turn turtled. He was riding alone in an inflatable kayak.

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