Duane Hathcoat & Emma Lott
winter storm claim lives of
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