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Engineer’s drowning an accident

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The Alaska state medical examiner’s office has ruled the July death in Sitka’s ANB Harbor of yacht Eng. John W. Schroeder was accidental, likely caused by intoxication.



His body was found on the bottom of the harbor a few hours after his crew mates had reported him missing on July 12 when he did not show up for work aboard the 120-foot yacht Valkyrie.



News reports in Alaska cite police who said Schroeder was last seen alive leaving the Pioneer Bar shortly before midnight the previous evening. A toxicology report indicated he had a blood-alcohol level of .3, nearly four times the legal limit of .08.

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