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Dipnetter dead after losing consciousness on Kenai River

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A 71-year-old Alaska resident died early Tuesday morning after losing consciousness and falling into the Kenai River while preparing to dipnet.

Edwin Ruff was pronounced dead at Central Peninsula Hospital at 7:58 a.m.

Ruff did not drown, said Kenai Police Department Sgt. Ben Langham, but the exact cause of death is still unknown.

"We don't know what the cause was," Langham said. "I think it was from a pre-existing medical condition."

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