Kenai Fisherman goes Overboard, Drowns During Cook Inlet Opener

62-year-old Anthony Walsh of Kenai. Image-FB profiles

62-year-old Anthony Walsh of Kenai. Image-FB profiles

Alaska State Troopers reported a drowning of a crewmember of a commercial fishing vessel on Thursday morning.

According to reporting, 62-year-old Anthony Walsh was participating in a Cook Inlet Salmon opening when he fell overboard from the fishing vessel Hooligan on Thursday¬†morning. AST reports that his fishing partner 59-year-old Kevin Loran attempted to get him back aboard the vessel, but was unable to do so. During the attempt, “Walsh became unresponsive and went face down in the water,” troopers say.

Another vessel nearby came to the aid of Loran and the crews were able to pull Walsh from the water and CPR was administered, but it was too late, Walsh could not be revived.

Troopers were notified of the incident at 8:56 am and troopers, Homer police, and US Coast Guard personnel were on hand when the vessel arrived at Homer.

Walsh was not wearing a flotation device when the accident¬†occurred. His remains were transported to the State Medical Examiner’s office in Anchorage for autopsy.