Man killed in logging operation south of Petersburg

A 51-year-old Idaho man working on a timber sale near Banana Point south of Petersburg died Thursday after a tree top fell on him.

Alaska state troopers say Mark Debates was working as a hook setter on a logging operation on southern Mitkof Island when a tree top broke off and fell on him. He was unresponsive at the scene and was transported to Petersburg Medical Center but later died from his injuries. Debater was working for Columbia Helicopters.