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Molly Miron, Published July 15 2009

Recovery effort resumes for 2 missing after boat capsizes on Blackduck Lake in north-central Minnesota

BEMIDJI, Minn. - A recovery effort resumed this morning for two missing boaters who fell into Blackduck Lake on Tuesday afternoon.

Two people were rescued and a dog swam to safety after the accident, but two others were still missing Tuesday night after recovery efforts were halted by severe weather.

Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp reported at 9:30 p.m. that the accident occurred at about 4 p.m. Tuesday on the lake, located west of the city of Blackduck about 25 miles north of Bemidji, Minn.

According to a news release, the sheriff's department received a 911 call at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday reporting the capsized boat.

A pontoon which was near the area was attempting rescue of the four occupants and a dog. Two of the occupants of the boat were rescued but "due to the high winds and stormy conditions, it was not possible to locate the other two," the release said. The dog swam to shore and was later located and returned to the owner’s family.

Responders from sheriff's office were joined by the Blackduck Fire Department, Blackduck Ambulance and private citizens who assisted with the search until severe weather forced them off the lake about 9 p.m.

The names of the rescued boaters and two missing men have not been released while the sheriff's department notifies extended family members, according to the release.

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