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Yacht crewman’s death ruled accidental

The state medical examiner’s office has determined there was no foul play in the death of a man in Sitka’s ANB Harbor last month.

The body of 33-year old John W. Schroeder, of New South Wales, Australia, was found on the bottom of ANB Harbor by Sitka Dive Rescue around 9 PM Friday July 12, near the end of float #1.

Schroeder had been reported missing by friends a few hours earlier, after he failed to appear for work as engineer aboard the 120-foot yacht Valkyrie. He was last seen alive leaving the Pioneer Bar shortly before midnight the previous evening.

Sgt. Bill Bandy, with the Sitka Police Department, says Schroeder’s death has been ruled an accidental drowning. A toxicology report indicated the Schroeder had a blood alcohol level of .3 (point-3) when he died. The legal intoxication limit is .08 (point-zero-eight).

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