Body of Togiak fisherman who fell overboard found

Jul 24, 2018

Anthony Active, 39, fell from a set net skiff on Monday. His body was found washed onto the beach Tuesday morning.

Togiak Commercial Fishing District
Credit ADF&G

The body of a fisherman who fell overboard on Monday in Togiak Bay was found yesterday.

According to Alaska State Troopers, Anthony Active, a 39-year-old from Togiak, fell from a 26 foot boat while checking a set net Monday afternoon. He was not wearing a personal flotation device. The captain of the boat tried to throw active a life ring. However, he also fell into the water. The captain was able to swim to shore with the life ring and wave down a passing fisherman for a ride back to his boat. 

Alaska State Troopers, the United States Coast Guard and a local rescue effort searched for Active by air and land. The Coast Guard located Active at 11:30 yesterday morning by air, and troopers recovered his body. It had washed onto the beach about 7 miles southwest from Togiak Village.

Active’s next of kin have been notified and his remains are being transported to Anchorage to the State Medical Examiner.

This is the second fisherman to fall overboard in Bristol Bay in less than a week. On Thursday, Grant Hildreth Jr. fell off the F/V Cape Greig in Ugashik. The search for Hildreth was suspended on Friday afternoon.

This is a developing story. KDLG will update this post as more information becomes available.

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