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Molly Miron, Published July 15 2009

Bodies of missing men from Little Falls found in Blackduck Lake

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Searchers have found the bodies of two missing boaters who fell into Blackduck Lake Tuesday afternoon after their boat had capsized during severe weather.

The recovery effort was suspended Tuesday because of the poor conditions, but a recovery effort resumed this morning. At about 1:30 p.m. today, the body of Adam Joseph Bobick, 26, of Little Falls, Minn., was recovered in 15-20 feet of water by divers from the Lakes Area Dive Team. At approximately 2:55 p.m., the body of Shawn Allen Ramsdell, 33, also of Little Falls, was recovered by divers.

Two people who were rescued after the boat accident on Tuesday were identified as Justin Daryl Anderson, 21 of Little Falls, and Cody James Krueger, 21 of Royalton, Minn.

The two missing men and the two men who were rescued were identified shortly after noon today.

People from a nearby resort witnessed the accident and were on the scene within minutes to rescue two of the men. It was reported they spotted a third person struggling and threw him a floating seat cushion; however, he was unable to save himself.

According to Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp, the wind came up suddenly Tuesday causing extremely dangerous waves.

“It sounds like there was a failure with the boat,” Hodapp said. “The boat got swamped and the back end went into the water. None of the passengers were wearing life jackets.”

Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp said the accident occurred about 4 p.m. Tuesday on the lake, located west of the city of Blackduck about 25 miles north of Bemidji.

The 911 call came in at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday reporting that a boat with four occupants and a dog had capsized on the lake. Occupants of a pontoon near the area were attempting a rescue. Two of the occupants of the capsized boat were rescued, but because of high winds and stormy conditions, it was not possible to locate the other two.

Responders from the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, Blackduck Fire Department, Blackduck Ambulance and private citizens assisted with the search for the two missing persons Tuesday. Severe weather forced them off the lake at about 9 p.m.

Hodapp noted that Anderson and Krueger were brought to North Country Regional Hospital and later released.

Family members searched throughout the night without positive results. The organized search continued this morning around 7 a.m. with the Lakes Area Dive Team offering their assistance.

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