Francis Tinker 2007-06-16

Man's body recovered from Yukon River

Published: June 17, 2007

RUSSIAN MISSION -- Searchers Saturday recovered the body of a Russian Mission man who died in a boating accident on the Yukon River, Alaska State Troopers said.

The body of Francis Tinker was pulled from the river shortly after 12:30 p.m., troopers said.

Tinker, 28, apparently drowned after he and a 25-year-old man were ejected from the boat when its steering system failed, according to troopers, who were notified of the accident Friday evening.

The younger man was rescued and treated for hypothermia. His name was not released.

Troopers said neither of the men was wearing a flotation device.

Tinker's body was released for burial in the Western Alaska village. -- The Associated Press