The Washington Times-Herald

April 1, 2013

Two victims recovered from Patoka Lake


Washington Times Herald

PATOKA LAKE — Indiana Conservation Officers are reporting two victims from a capsized boat were recovered today from Patoka Lake Reservoir. 

Matt Buroker (23) of Evansville and Ryan Dowdell (22) of Winslow were both found 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 in the water and learned that two men were still missing.  Searches were conducted until early in the morning on Sunday and continued again at daylight.

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 continue to work into Sunday evening trying to recover the boat from the bottom of the Lake.

Responding agencies include 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.