Copper Center drowning victim identified

The U.S. Army Alaska soldier from Fort Wainwright who died in a boating accident on the Klutina River near Glennallen has been identified as Pfc. Christopher Eric Covington, of Temple Hills, Md.


Covington, 23, was with two other soldiers and one of the other soldier's family members on a fishing trip July 27 when their boat began to take on water. The group tried to return to the boat launch, but the boat swamped and capsized. All four boaters were wearing life vests.               

 The other two soldiers and the family member were able to get out of the fast current, but Covington was swept away. His body was recovered by a group of fishermen approximately five miles downstream. They administered CPR until emergency services personnel arrived. Covington was transported to Cross Road Medical Center in Glennallen, where he was pronounced dead.

Covington was a helicopter mechanic assigned to D Company, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, U.S. Army Alaska Aviation Task Force, at Fort Wainwright.