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Lawmaker, brother-in-law met rough ocean before drowning

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2013 file photo, Sen. Craig Tieszen, R-Rapid City, talks to the South Dakota House Transportation Committee about teen driving safety in Pierre, S.D. Tieszen and his brother-in-law drowned in an apparent kayaking accident in the Cook Islands in the South Pacific, where they were attending a wedding for the lawmaker's daughter, officials said Thursday Nov. 23, 2017. Authorities say Sen. Tieszen and his brother-in-law Brent Moline encountered high tides and rough seas before they drowned (AP Photo/Chet Brokaw, File)
November 29, 2017 - 8:32 AM

RAPID CITY, S.D. - Authorities say a South Dakota state representative and his brother-in-law encountered high tides and rough seas before they drowned in a kayaking accident last week off an island in the South Pacific.

The Rapid City Journal reports that Cook Islands police say 68-year-old Rep. Craig Tieszen and his brother-in-law, 61-year-old Brent Moline, were paddling kayaks at a reef Nov. 22 when both ran into difficulty toward its ocean side.

Authorities say the police were notified by a hotel that their guests were kayaking and had capsized.

Officials say Tieszen was found and brought to shore, while a police search-and-rescue boat found Moline and took him to a nearby harbour. Both were pronounced dead just before 1 p.m.

The men were attending a family wedding in the Cook Islands.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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