Colorado Family Searching for Missing Fisherman in Alaska

SOLDOTNA, AK - The family of a man from Vail is searching after he was ejected from a fishing boat in South Central Alaska. Phillip "Kurt" Keltner, 63 was ejected from his fishing boat on the Kenai River Friday night shortly after 9:00 pm.

The Alaska State Troopers told KSRM-AM in Soldotna, AK that three occupants of the boat were able to swim to shore after the boat lost control. Keltner was unable to make it to shore and seen floating down the river and he was reportedly seen going under water. 

Local law enforcement along with State Wildlife officers searched the area after he was reported missing, but that search has since been suspended. 


Keltner's daughter, Melissa Games, told KSRM, "It’s all family that is out searching right now for my father, and we have other relatives coming out. It’s mostly the community that is searching with us right now, and we could use all of the help we can get. He has been missing since Friday night, and we have no idea where he could be.”

Soldotna, AK is located roughly 147 miles south of Anchorage, the Kenai River is widely known for salmon fishing.

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