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Divers recover kayaker from Flathead Lake

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LAKESIDE — The Lake County Sheriff’s Office released the name of the man who died in a kayaking accident.

Nicholas Lockwood, 29, of Somers, was reported missing in Flathead Lake on Tuesday, Aug. 10, after his kayak flipped near West Shore Park, according to a preliminary investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. 

“It is believed the cause of death is drowning and the deceased has been sent to the Montana State Forensic Lab for further investigation,” Lake County Sheriff Don Bell said. 

The investigation found that Lockwood was “with another kayaker when they encountered rough water” and neither kayaker was wearing a life preserver. The other kayaker had tried to rescue Lockwood but was unable to find him. Bystanders were able to see the other kayaker and rescued him. 

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Flathead County Sheriff’s Office divers in the recovery of the missing kayaker on Thursday, Aug. 12. The dive team found the man deceased.    

“The Lake County Sheriff’s Office wishes to extend our gratitude to the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this search, and our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Mr. Lockwood.”

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