SKAGWAY, June 30 - (Special to The News) - On Sunday John Hanson, 19, son of Nick Hanson, a White Pass company bridge foreman; Selby Phelps, 17, son of Mark Phelps; and Victor Selmer, 20, went swimming in an ice lake above Skagway. The boys started swimming across the lake, a distance of about 100 yards. Selmer and Phelps reached shore, when they saw that Hanson was in difficulties and returned to assist. Hanson sank before they could reach him. Phelps suddenly grabbed Selmer and both sank, but Selmer got free and made shore almost exhausted. He obtained aid quickly. The bodies of Hanson and Phelps Were recovered within an hour of their drowning. Artificial respiration work was continued for over two hours unsuccessfully.
Both boys were members of the Eagle lodge. The funerals will be held tomorrow. The parents reside in Skagway.