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Bodies of two missing canoers found in Donner Lake

The bodies of two men whose canoe capsized Friday in choppy waters on Donner Lake were found Saturday and Sunday. Police identified the victims as Joshua Patterson, 33, of Cool, and Lucas Johnson, 34, from the Auburn area, said a statement released Sunday afternoon.
The bodies of two men whose canoe capsized Friday in choppy waters on Donner Lake were found Saturday and Sunday. Police identified the victims as Joshua Patterson, 33, of Cool, and Lucas Johnson, 34, from the Auburn area, said a statement released Sunday afternoon. rpench@sacbee.com

The bodies of two men whose canoe capsized Friday in choppy waters on Donner Lake were found Saturday and Sunday, according to Truckee police.

Police identified the victims as Joshua Patterson, 33, of Cool, and Lucas Johnson, 34, from the Auburn area, said the statement released Sunday afternoon.

Patterson’s body was recovered around 10 a.m. Saturday by a helicopter search led by California Highway Patrol Air Operations. The man’s body was located in about 15 feet of water at the northeast corner of Donner Lake, where the canoe capsized.

Johnson’s body was found around noon on Sunday by a dive team in about 60 feet of water, near the same area Patterson’s body was found.

Continued winds and heavy cloud coverage Saturday made search conditions difficult, officials said.

Neither of the victims were believed to have been wearing a personal flotation device when their boat flipped, police said.

“We would like to remind everyone how important personal flotation devices are,” said Truckee police Capt. Rob Leftwich in Sunday’s statement. “These situations are always extremely tragic, and we can only hope we can prevent similar incidents in the future.”

The Truckee police, Placer County Sheriff’s Office dive team, Nevada County Sheriff’s Office search-and-rescue team, California Highway Patrol and Truckee Fire Department took part in the search.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Lucas and Joshua,” Leftwich said.

Brenna Lyles: 916-321-1083, @brennmlyles

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