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Bodies of two fishermen found in Lower Red Lake

UPDATE: At about 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21st, Red Lake Conservation Officers and a Tribal Council Representative located one of two fisherman in about 4 and a half feet of water near a bridge on lower Red Lake.

The drowning victim was identified as the 17 year old boy who was originally reported as missing along with 29 year old Deland Beaulieu in early November after they went fishing.

On Thursday morning, the same group of searchers found the second missing fisherman's body about 150 feet away from where the first drowning victim was found.

Both fisherman were found with the ROV which is a remote operated vehicle used for conducting underwater searches through the use of sonar and an underwater camera.

Families were informed of both recoveries and the bodies were transported to the Indian Health Service Hospital in Red Lake. Autopsies will be scheduled on both parties to determine official cause of death.

ORIGINAL: Monday night the Red Lake Police Department received a report of a boat that was capsized in the water near an area known as the "Cut Off" on the eastern side of Lower Red Lake.

It was reported that the boat had three people inside and one of the fishermen was able to swim to shore but that two others are still missing. The rescued fisherman was taken to the Red Lake Indian Health Service hospital and was treated for hypothermia. The two missing fishermen are identified as 29 year old Deland Beaulieu and a 17 year old boy.

Immediate search and rescue efforts were taken by the RLDPS Conservation Enforcement Division and Red Lake Fire Department.

Police say volunteers are needed. Tuesday morning a command center and registration station will be set up at Red Lake Fisheries for any volunteers wishing to help in the search. All volunteers are required to register.

Volunteers are asked to dress in a manner that will address the extremely cold temperatures coming off the lake and can bring their portable fish houses and heaters for warmth during the search.

If you hear anything about these fishermen you are asked to call the Red Lake Law Enforcement immediately at 218-679-3313.


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