Authorities Identify Mobridge Man Who Died in Boating Accident in Corson County Over the Weekend

Search for Missing Mobridge Man August 3, 2013 (Courtesy Photo)


McINTOSH, S.D. – (DRG News) A Mobridge man who died in a boating accident Friday night in Corson County has been identified by authorities.  Corson County Sheriff Keith Gall says the man has been identified as 67-year-old Danilo Figuracion.  Gall says Figuracion was a passenger in a boat operated by 57-year-old William Gant of Mobridge.  The two were traveling northbound on the river, in a boat powered by a 75 horsepower tiller operated motor.  An investigation shows that something happened while the boat was traveling at around 28 mph, which caused the motor to flip to a 90 degree turn.  The action of the motor caused the two men to be thrown from the boat.  Gall says Gant and Figuracion tried to swim to the pillars of the Highway 12 Bridge and that is the last time Figuracion was seen.  The men were not wearing life jackets.  The unoccupied boat continued spinning in circles.  Unsuccessful attempts were made to stop the boat, until it was decided to just monitor the boat until it ran out of fuel and came to a stop.  Gant was able to swim to one of the bridge pillars where he was rescued by two young men who were in the area bow fishing.  Gant was transported to the Mobridge Regional Hospital and treated for minor injuries.  A search continued throughout the weekend for Figuracion using methods including patrolling the water, side sonar and a high tech sonar system operated by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department.  On Sunday afternoon, Gall says a clear image was captured on sonar and divers from the Pierre Dive Rescue Squad were able to successfully retrieve Figuracion’s body in water that measured more than 50 feet deep.  About 12 different agencies worked over the weekend to look for Figuracion, including the Corson and Walworth County Sheriff’s Offices, Mobridge and Selby Police Departments, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, Standing Rock Game and Fish, Standing Rock BIA Law Enforcement, Mobridge and Standing Rock Ambulance Services and the Pierre Fire Department’s Dive Rescue Team.  An investigation into the incident continues by the Corson County Sheriff’s Office and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department.

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