Lance Jorgensen 2011-06-16

Dipnetter presumed drowned after slipping into Copper River

Associated Press, Published: June 17th, 2011

FAIRBANKS -- Alaska State Troopers have called off the search for a dipnetter who fell into the Copper River and is presumed to have drowned.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Lance Jorgensen was fishing from shore Thursday afternoon at Wood Canyon when he slipped and was pulled under water by the current.

The 28-year-old carpenter from North Pole was not wearing a life jacket.

Several boats and a helicopter searched for him Thursday unsuccessfully.