Divers recover bodies of missing snowmobilers

8:38 PM, Jan 15, 2012   |    comments
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  • Photos: Rockford High School
  • Courtesy: Bill Doms
  • Courtesy: Bill Doms
  • Courtesy: Bill Doms
  • Courtesy: Bill Doms

HANOVER, Minn. -- Divers recovered the bodies Sunday of two snowmobilers that went through the ice on a Wright County lake Saturday night.

According to Captain Greg Howell, the Wright County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from an ATV rider just before 9 p.m. The caller said he saw two young men snowmobiling on Lake Charlotte go underwater and attempted to rescue them. The rider was unsuccessful when he went underwater himself along with his ATV. He was able to bring himself to safety and call authorities.

Wright County Sheriff's Office and Hennepin County Water Patrol responded with the assistance of the Minnesota State Patrol helicopter. Authorities searched the area until around 3 a.m.

Divers resumed the search using sonar equipment Sunday morning and recovered the bodies about five hours later.

Rockford High School Principal Ryan Jensen says the victims are 2009 graduate Brad Skafte and 2010 graduate Adam Patnode. A vigil was held at the high school Sunday afternoon.

Residents that live nearby say Lake Charlotte, about six miles west of Hanover, can be dicey especially if snowmobilers aren't familiar with the lake. They say Lake Charlotte is usually one of the last lakes to freeze over completely.

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