FAIRBANKS — A search and rescue operation has recovered the body of a 32-year-old Fort Wainwright man who drowned Sunday in Chena Lake.
The man, who troopers are not identifying until after his next of kin have been notified, was swimming toward shore and was within 200 yards of the shore when he began yelling for help, according to an Alaska State Trooper news release. Bystanders jumped into the water to help but did not reach him before he disappeared under the water.
Search teams dispatched by troopers, North Star Volunteer Fire Department, North Pole Fire and Rescue and Fort Wainwright Fire and Rescue probed the area in boats to recover the body. An Army dive team began an underwater search of the area about 8 p.m. Sunday. The man’s body was recovered early Monday afternoon.
By U.S. Department of Defense policy, the man’s name will be released 24 hours after his next of kin are notified. The man was an active duty Fort Wainwright soldier.