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Two bodies found in Patoka Lake after boat capsizes

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Indiana Conservation Officers say they are investigating a double drowning at Patoka Reservoir.

Officials say on Sunday afternoon that they found the bodies of 23-year-old Matt Buroker of Evansville, and 22-year-old Ryan Dowdell of Winslow, after their boat capsized on Saturday night.

Around 10:15 p.m. Saturday night, a fisherman at Hoosier Hills Marina heard cries for help and called 911. 

A concerned citizen took a boat to the location of the distressed calls and rescued two people from the water.

While transporting 24-year-old Laban King and 27-year-old Jacob King, both of Winslow, to safety, rescuers learned the boat they were in capsized. 

DNR says two others in the boat, Buroker and Dowdell, were not located at the time. DNR says bank searches were conducted until around 4:00 a.m. and continued early Sunday morning. 

Officials say the four men were participating in a bow fishing tournament when their boat began to take on water. The reason the boat took on water is unknown at this time and is still being investigated.

The boat capsized in water that was around 45 degrees and 35 feet deep.

Conservation officers are continuing to work into Sunday evening to try and recover the boat from the bottom of the lake.

Responding agencies included Indiana Conservation Officers, Dubois County Sheriff's Department, Dubois Volunteer Fire 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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