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(S.D.)-Fisherman Drowns Trying To Catch Boat Near Fort Pierre

By: Dennis Brown Posted at: 04/10/2017 07:48 PM
     FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -  A fisherman who drowned late Saturday morning while trying to catch his drifting boat on the Missouri River near Fort Pierre was the nephew of Chadron businessman Merle Morford 

     A veteran fishing guide, Karl Palmer was with a client and his two children about four miles north of Chantier Creek on the west side of Lake Oahe, fishing from the shore at the time of the accident.

    Stanley County chief sheriff's deputy Greg Swanson says about 10:30 Saturday morning, Palmer noticed his boat had pulled loose from where it had been beached and was floating away.

      Swanson says Palmer told his clients that he’d been in that situation before and that he’d swim out and get the boat, but the frigid lake water appeared to overpower Palmer before could reach the boat.
As a result, Swanson says authorities believe hypothermia led him to go under.

      Pierre Fire and Rescue Chief Ian Paul says first responders from South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks, the Stanley County Sheriff's Office, and the Rescue squad arrived quickly and a dive team recovered his body.

     Accordin to his Dakota Walleye guide service website, Palmer grew up in Miller, SD, and had lived in Fort Pierre for 25 years. He'd been featured in Field and Stream magazine and was a licensed U.S. Coast Guard captain.

      Palmer's funeral service will be  at Friday morning at 10:00 in Miller with burial to follow in Fort Pierre.  His family has asked his classmates from the Miller High Class of 1984 to be his pallbearers.


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