- Associated Press - Monday, February 20, 2017

ARLINGTON, S.D. (AP) - About 30 volunteers are searching for the body of a duck hunter whose boat capsized on a lake in Brookings County in early December.

Thomas Hill, 28, was duck hunting with his brother, Matthew Hill, 23, when their boat capsized on Brush Lake. The body of the younger brother was quickly recovered but the older sibling was never found.

Volunteers have drilled hundreds of holes across the lake and have dropped high-tech cameras into each hole in their underwater search.

“You can see the structure of the bottom of the lake. You can see tree, fish, rocks. If you happened to see a body in there, you would pick that up,” Arlington Fire Chief Todd Smidt told KELO-TV (https://bit.ly/2kZAYQL ). Smidt said he’s invested about 70 hours in the search.

“We’re not going to quit until we recover the body. So if that means going until we get boats in, we’ll just keep working at it. I just want to stay out here until the job is done,” Smidt said.

Search dogs from Codington County have also been at the lake. Smidt said the dogs picked up scent in the northeast corner of the lake where the boat was found, but that has not led to Hill’s body.


Information from: KELO-TV, https://www.keloland.com

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