Second Body Found Drowned in Creek

A creek in North Dakota claimed the lives of two men, reported as drowning victims, recently.

Police were initially called to the Apple Creek Country Club, a private country club, where two men were last reported canoeing. Police searched for several days before discovering the body of both men

Cory Berger and James Hellman, both of Bismarck, were found dead and have been assumed drowned in Apple Creek on May 6 after their canoe capsized. The initial search was unsuccessful because their bodies were believed to have been lodged in the water at a dam over which the creek is flooding, reports say. A high water level and swift currents hampered the effort, but as the water was slowed by the Burleigh County Highway Department divers were finally able to search the area more productively.

The first body was found about 100 yards from the dam, and the second body was located in nearly the same location the following day – although divers say they searched that area exhaustively the previous day. It was assumed the body had drifted after the water had slowed and then somehow returned to the same spot on other currents. The divers had to be held in place via a set of ropes and were aided by lights and interlocking metal and plywood plates.

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