A woman in Bethel died while being inside a sauna, said a report from the Bethel PD. On 2/23/2017, at approximately 0128 hours, Officers and Medics responded to the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Hall on Akiak Street for a report of an unresponsive female inside of the sauna. Officers and Medics performed CPR on the female and prepared her for transport to the ER.
Maria Bell, 31 years of age (DOB 12/20/1985), of Chevak, was pronounced dead at the ER. Bell’s next of Kin has been notified, and her body has been sent to the State of Alaska Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the official cause of death. Sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of Ms. Bell. Alcohol appears to be a factor in this case.