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Petersburg man dies on boat SW of Ketchikan

At about 5 p.m. Saturday, Alaska State Troopers received a report of an unresponsive man on board the M/V Kestrel near Dog Island, about 31 miles southwest of Ketchikan.

When troopers and EMS personnel arrived, they pronounced 47-year-old Kevin Kivisto of Petersburg dead. The Alaska State Medical Examiner’s Office was contacted, and officials there requested that the body be sent to Anchorage for an autopsy.

Next of kin has been notified. The cause of death is unknown, but no foul play is suspected.

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