Drowning victim recovered from Pactola Reservoir

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photo courtesy: Pennington County Sheriff’s Office

UPDATE (7/29/21 @ 4:30 a.m.): The body of the drowning victim was recovered around 11 p.m. Wednesday night.

Agencies responding to the incident included Pennington County Search and Rescue, Rapid City Pennington County Water Rescue, Game, Fish and Parks, Johnson Siding Volunteer Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Rapid City Fire Department.


UPDATE (7/28/21 @ 9:20 p.m.): The victim has been located at a depth over 100 feet.

However, first responders are saying that it may take several hours, possibly into the early hours of Thursday, to recover the body.

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PACTOLA RESERVOIR, S.D. — First responders are searching for a man who drowned Wednesday afternoon in Pactola Reservoir.

Around 2:15 p.m., a call came in of a man reportedly swimming near his boat. Witnesses say he went under water and did not re-surface. He was near the dam face in water over 100 feet deep.

Pennington County Search and Rescue, Rapid City/Pennington County Water Rescue team, Game, Fish and Parks, Johnson Siding Volunteer Fire Department, and other agencies are all working in the deep water recovery.

The boating public is asked to stay away from the dam at Pactola Reservoir as a search and recover is underway.

Resources on scene include the Game, Fish and Park’s tow-fish sonar and the “Fish Finder,” a remotely operated vehicle helpful in these underwater situations.

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