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Rescuers brave brutal weather in fourth day of searches for missing Red Lake fishermen

Searchers looked for the two missing fishermen earlier this week on Lower Red Lake in northwest Minnesota. Forum News Service file photo

RED LAKE, Minn. —Rescuers braved windy conditions and below-freezing temperatures Thursday during the fourth day of searches for two fishermen who disappeared on Lower Red Lake on Monday.

The Red Lake Department of Public Safety announced Wednesday it would halt water searches, as the lake had begun to freeze. Ground and air searches continued.

The two fishermen, identified as Deland Beaulieu, 29, and a 17-year-old boy, went missing Monday afternoon. The Red Lake Department of Public Safety received a report at about 3:43 p.m. that the Red Lake Fisheries boat was having problems on the east side of the lake.

After the boat capsized one of the fishermen, identified Thursday as Dominick Johnson, 32, swam to shore and was taken to Indian Health Services to be treated for hypothermia. Red Lake officers and fire department personnel started immediate search and rescue efforts and found the Red Lake Fisheries boat. They continued the search Monday until a rescuer started to experience symptoms of hypothermia.

Community members and officials from a number of agencies continued the search Tuesday and Wednesday, with Wednesday's search called off in the late afternoon due to poor weather conditions.

The Leech Lake Tribal Police Department, the U.S. Border Patrol, the FBI, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, the Bemidji Fire Department and the Leech Lake Conservation Enforcement Department all assisted with the search.

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