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Man drowns after canoe capsizes in BWCAW

A Coon Rapids, Minn., man died after a canoe capsized in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Saturday night.

The body of Joseph Bennett Fedick, 31, was recovered from the water at 3:34 p.m. Monday about 200 yards away from the Perent Lake campsite where he had been staying, according to a report from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Fedick had been missing since about 11 p.m. Saturday, when the canoe he was paddling overturned. Neither he nor his paddling partner were wearing life jackets at the time. While Fedick never made it to shore, the other occupant of the canoe swam to a rock and called for help. He was rescued by another camper, according to witness accounts.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office learned of the missing canoeist at 3:41 p.m. Sunday. The Sheriff’s Office received assistance in the ensuing search from the Lake County and St. Louis County search and rescue teams, a U.S. Forest Service seaplane pilot and the U.S. Border Patrol.

Perent Lake, located east of Isabella Lake, can be accessed directly from the Hog Creek BWCAW entry point No. 36.