An unidentified man died Sunday afternoon after drowning in a gravel pond in South Fairbanks.
Fairbanks Fire and Rescue personnel, and the Alaska State Troopers got the call around 3pm, responding to an area near Lake Lathrop.
According to Fairbanks Fire Captain Greg Taylor, the man had been pulling his children in a raft, when the bottom of the pond gave way.
"The area is an old gravel pit," said Taylor. "The bottom is unstable in some areas, and it appears that he was in one of those areas, and when he went in
he was unable to swim."
One family member, who asked not to be identified, said the family had been "enjoying a quiet Sunday on the lake."
"It went from good times, to tragedy," she said. "This is so sad."
Witnesses at the scene say other swimmers were alerted to the incident, and they attempted to find the man, but were unsuccessful.
Rescue personnel combed the pond for about an hour, and also called in a dive team from the Fort Wainwright Fire Department.
The man's body was recovered from the pond around 4:15pm.
An investigation into the incident continues.