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The Hangar on the Warf is pretty much the only place friends and I go for dinner and drinks and yesterday I read that one of their workers, a local photographer with a beautiful smile (that I had a little crush on) drowned in a kayaking accident just off Douglas Island. Even though I didn't know him by name, the news has really shaken me.
There was another article yesterday of a man and his son (who were family to a friend of mine out at the university) who drowned in a separate incident. It seems everyday there is a new story, a couple days ago there was a scout master who got killed when a tree fell on his tent! There are so many drownings, and small plane crashes, avalanches, etc. Alaska has the highest accidental death rate in the US and unintentional injury was the leading cause of death in Alaska for ages 5-44 in 2000 (According the Alaska Progress Report.) I guess I don't think about it most of the time but living here isn't like living in the lower 48. We have a great way of life but it comes at a huge cost.