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(SD)-More Released On Drowning of Rapid City Men

By: John Axtell Posted at: 11/29/2017 01:51 PM
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Officials in the South Pacific nation of the Cook Islands have released more information about the drowning deaths in a kayaking accident last Wednesday of South Dakota State Representative Craig Tieszen and his brother-in-law Brent Moline, both of Rapid City.

       The 68-year old Tieszen, a retired Rapid City police chief, and the 61-year old Moline were attending a family wedding in the Cook Islands, located about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand.

      The Rapid City Journal says Cook Islands police say the duo were paddling kayaks at a reef when they each ran into high tides and rough seas on the ocean side, eventually capsizing. Witnesses contacted the men's hotel, who in turn notified the police.

       Officials say Tieszen was found and brought to shore, while a police search-and-rescue boat found Moline and took him to a nearby harbor. Both were pronounced dead just before 1 p.m.  


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