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Bodies found of 2 men missing after Blackduck Lake capsizing

The bodies of two missing boaters who fell into Blackduck Lake on Tuesday afternoon when the boat they were on capsized were found Wednesday. The bodies of Adam Joseph Bobick, 26, and Shawn Allen Ramsdell, 33, both of Little Falls, Minn., were re...

Dive team at work
Members of the Lakes Area Dive Team of Bemidji helped in the recovery effort to find two missing boaters on Blackduck Lake Wednesday morning. (Bemidji Pioneer Photo by Monte Draper)

The bodies of two missing boaters who fell into Blackduck Lake on Tuesday afternoon when the boat they were on capsized were found Wednesday. The bodies of Adam Joseph Bobick, 26, and Shawn Allen Ramsdell, 33, both of Little Falls, Minn., were recovered in 15 to 20 feet of water by divers from the Lakes Area Dive Team. Two men were rescued Tuesday: Justin Daryl Anderson, 21 of Little Falls, and Cody James Krueger, 21 of Royalton, Minn.

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, but he was unable to save himself.

Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp said 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."

On Wednesday, the Lakes Area Dive Team based in Cass County and the Itasca County Sheriff's Dive Team assisted the Beltrami Sheriff's Office, Blackduck Fire and the DNR Conservation Officers with the ongoing search and recovery effort.

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

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.

Anderson and Krueger were brought to North Country Regional Hospital and later released, Hodapp said.

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

The dive team is a cooperative of several area counties including Beltrami, Cass and Hubbard. The team is certified through Dive and Rescue International.

Dive Team Incident Commander, Dan Carlson, said the team is called out mainly for recoveries such as this.

Carlson said that of the 20 members on the team, 12 responded and are assisting in the search.

"We have a lot of guys out there with a lot of diving experience," Carlson said of the divers who were primarily diving in about 18 feet of water.

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"This weather is terrible for the divers," Hodapp said. Carlson said visibility may be 1 foot or less under the wave conditions the team dealt with.

Hodapp said along with boats from the Sheriff's office searching the area, electronic search equipment is being used in the investigation.

Local resident and spotter for the National Weather Service, Robert Roach lives along the shore very close to the scene of the accident.

According to Roach, shortly after the boat capsized, his wife, Laraine, took her kayak out to search the weed line for Bobick and Ramsdell.

"The waves were just so big," Roach said. "The winds reached about 48 miles per hour at one point."

Roach said that he had talked to several of the victim's family members who were bused over to the nearby shoreline to search for the men. One of the rescued men was also helping.

"The man who survived told me he swears the wave that capsized them was at least five feet," Roach said.

Roach said he is comforted to see that so many people were trying to do some little part, whether it was coffee and cookies or actually searching. He said he is glad to see everyone pulling together to recover the two missing men.

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"I had the chance to pray with one of the mothers who was calling her son's name late into the night," Roach said. "She was so sweet, too, she was like anyone's mom."

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