Missing Viking Lake Boater ID’d


July 25th, 2011 by admin

A Red Oak man has been identified as the missing boater who was found at Viking Lake Park in Montgomery County.

He was 63-year-old John Carmichael of Red Oak.

Park visitors reported an empty fishing boat around 7:30 Saturday evening, which initiated a search for the boater.

Authorities searched nearly non-stop for the missing man Saturday night and Sunday morning, except for a three hour period when storms passed through the area. The search widened to include trails Sunday morning.

Dive teams discovered the missing man’s body in the lake near pontoon boats about 12:35 Sunday afternoon. He was later identified as Carmichael on Sunday evening after his family had been notified.

Iowa DNR conservation officers and park officers; the Midwest Regional Dive Team; the Red Oak and Stanton Fire Departments; and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office conducted the search.