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Update: Two Bodies Recovered from Spiritwood Lake

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  The names of 2 men who drowned in Spiritwood Lake, after their canoe capsized east of Jamestown on Monday have been released.

  Twenty-five year old Alonso Martinez and 24-year old Damian Calzadia, both of Crosby, North Dakota died. A third man, Blake Roberts of Big Sky, Montana was able to swim to shore.

  All 3 men were contractors, who were working on a lake cabin.The Sheriff says the men were in a canoe, some 200 yards from the end of this dock, when they capsized, just after 12 a.m. Monday morning.

  A fourth friend was on shore and called 9-1-1.

Chad Kaiser / Stutsman Co. Sheriff: “Once we got on the scene there, we were able to assist one out of the water and that gentleman stated there were 2 other people in the water that were in the canoe with him.”

Reporter: “Could you hear those other two yet?”

Sheriff Kaiser: “No, no.”

  A resident says, he believes he saw the men at the bar here Sunday night, about 4 hours before the accident.

Reporter: “Were they having a good time?”

Rick Uehran, Spiritwood: “I don’t know. I think they had a beer or two and they left. They left early. They left at 8 o’clock.”

Reporter: “Does it appear alcohol was involved?”

Sheriff Kaiser: “There’s a possibility, yes. That might be a contributing factor. Autopsies are being done today.”

Authorities used divers, remote controlled underwater cameras and sonar to find the bodies. One of the bodies was found at 4:30 Monday afternoon, the other at sunset.

  One factor that helped divers with their grizzly task of recovering the bodies is the clarity of the water. Spiritwood Lake is a favorite of divers around this region.

  However, divers had to search for the bodies in over 40-feet of water.

Sheriff Kaiser: “To take a stroll, you know 3 guys in a 2 man canoe is probably not a good idea.”

  The Sheriff says none of the men were wearing life jackets. He says it’s not known whether the 2 men who drowned could swim. However, the Sheriff says the water is still very cold.  

Original story:
The Stutsman County Sheriff's office has recovered the bodies of two men who died when a canoe they were in tipped over early Monday morning.

Officers say three men were in the canoe shortly after midnight Monday when it flipped over. One was able to swim to shore, but the others didn't make it. Officials recovered one of the bodies Monday afternoon and the other Monday night.

Officials say the two men who died are from Idaho. The man who survived is from Montana. All were contractors working in the area.
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