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Duane Hathcoat & Emma Lott

River, winter storm claim lives of two


by K.J. Lincoln

The bodies of two drowning victims have been recovered after having been last seen leaving Bethel by boat on Nov 11.

Duane Hathcoat, 35, and his girlfriend Emma Lott, 37, both of Tuluksak were traveling from Bethel by boat in spite of snow and freezing rain. A witness observed them leaving and was unsuccessful in talking them out of their trip. Both were not properly dressed.

Hathcoat's body was discovered by the mouth of the Gweek River, 3-5 miles north of Bethel on Nov 23. Troopers recovered the body by helicopter the following day and transported it to Bethel.

While notifying the next of kin, it was learned that Lott was with Hathcoat when he left Bethel. A search was initiated on Nov 25 for Emma Lott by Bethel Search and Rescue. Her body was located under the ice, approximately 75 feet south of where Hathcoat's body had been found. Troopers flew in and were successful in recovering her body.

No foul play is suspected in the deaths, which were deemed as weather related.

Source: Delta Discovery, 2 December 2003




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