Two Victims Recovered from Patoka Reservoir After Drowning

Divers with the Indiana Conservation Department recovered the bodies of two individuals Sunday afternoon who had gone missing Saturday night when their boat capsized at the Patoka Reservoir. Two others who had been in their boat were rescued safely.

Officers using side-scan sonar, an underwater camera and divers found the bodies of 23-year-old Matt Buroker of Evansville and 22-year-old Ryan Dowdell of Winslow.

Just after 10 o’clock Saturday, a fisherman at Hoosier Hills Marina heard cries for help and called 911. A concerned citizen took a boat to the location of the distress calls and safely rescued two people: 24-year-old Laban King and 27-year-old Jacob King, both of Winslow.

Convervation officers say while transporting them to safety, it was learned their boat had capsized and Buroker and Dowdell were missing.

Conservation officers said the rescued victims complained of symptoms consistent with hypothermia.

Authorities said the four men were participating in a bow fishing tournament when their boat for unknown reasons began to take on water.

Authorities say none of the boat’s occupants was wearing a life jacket when the boat sank.

Responding agencies assisting conservation officers included the Celestine Volunteer Fire Department, Dubois County Sheriff’s Department deputies and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services.