Joseph Mach, 08-07-04


Date: August 9, 2004

Rafter with no vest drowns on Matanuska

A Wasilla man died Saturday afternoon after falling out of his inflatable boat on the Matanuska River.

Alaska State Troopers were notified around 2:15 p.m. that a small catamaran raft with no one on it was floating down the river near Mile 70 Glenn Highway, between Chickaloon and Sutton.

An Alaska Division of Forestry helicopter passing overhead then spotted the body of Joseph Mach, 46, floating in shallow water near a gravel bar five