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Two Die When Boat Capsized At Patoka

Last updated on Monday, April 1, 2013

(PATOKA) - Indiana Conservation Officers recovered the bodies of two men Sunday who were missing after their boat capsized Saturday at Patoka Lake Reservoir.

Indiana Conservation officers recovered the bodies of 23-year-old Matt Buroker, of Evansville and 22-year-old Ryan Dowdell, of Winslow early Sunday evening with the aid of side scan sonar, an underwater camera and divers. Both men were located within 24 hours of their disappearance.

Saturday Night a fisherman near Hoosier Hills Marina heard cries for help. Concerned citizens found two subjects 24-year-old Laban King and 27-year-old Jacob King in the water and learned that two men were still missing. Searches were conducted until early in the Morning on Sunday and continued at daylight.

The four men were participating in a bow fishing tournament when their boat began to take on water. The boat capsized in water that was around 45 degrees and 35 feet deep. The cause of the boat taking on water is still under investigation. Conservation Officers continue to work into Sunday evening trying to recover the boat from the bottom of the Lake.

Assisting at the scene were Indiana Conservation Officers, Dubois County Sheriffs Department, Dubois County Volunteer Fired Department and Dubois County EMS.

Indiana Conservation Officers strongly recommend the use of life jackets while on or near the water. A wearable life jacket is required by law for every person in a boat on public waters.

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