OCTOBER 15, 2002
Hunters Dead in N.D. Boat Accident
By DAVE KOLPACK
Associated Press Writer
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Duck hunters in two boats died in separate accidents after their vessels capsized or sank in choppy North Dakota lakes. Three bodies were recovered by Tuesday as divers continued searching for a fourth man.
``This is not real common. It's sad,'' said Jim Carter, the hunter education coordinator for the state Game and Fish Department.
A boat carrying Philip Fleming, 37, and Joseph J. Tonyan, 35, both of McHenry, Ill., sank in Wentz Lake in south central North Dakota, Napoleon Fire Chief Marvin Lang said. Tonyan's body was found on the shore Monday, and divers recovered Fleming's body on Tuesday, Lang said.
The men were reported missing after they failed to return from a hunting trip Monday afternoon, but it was not clear when they were last seen, Lang said.
In north central North Dakota, searchers on Monday recovered the body of George Freidinger, 70, of Mount Vernon, Ill., in Devils Lake, after his boat capsized earlier that day. Authorities were still searching Tuesday for an Iowa man who had been hunting with Freidinger, Benson County Sheriff Ned Mitzel said.
Both lakes have been windy. Gusts around 40 mph made Wentz Lake too choppy for searchers to launch boats Monday, Lang said.
Bruce Burkett, state game warden supervisor for the Devils Lake district, said weather forecasters had predicted windy conditions.
``It shouldn't have been a surprise,'' Burkett said. ``It looks like they got caught in a place where the elements were against them.''
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