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Mat-Su man dies after being thrown from packraft

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 11, 2014 at 7:21 pm •  Published: August 11, 2014

COPPER CENTER, Alaska (AP) — The body of a man has been recovered after a rafting accident in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

National Park Service officials in a release identified the victim as Rob Kehrer. His body was recovered Sunday afternoon.

Kehrer was thrown from his packraft on the Tana River inside the park and last seen by his rafting partner Saturday afternoon.

Officials were notified Sunday morning, and ground and aerial searches were conducted.

An Alaska Air National Guard helicopter found the body about 2 1/2 miles downstream from where he was last seen.

Park official say the river is a swift and cold glacial tributary of the Chitina River, and it's known for its difficult rapids.

Kehrer's hometown wasn't immediately known, but the park service said he was from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.