Underwater Welder Drowns In ND Lake

GARRISON, N.D. (AP) — An underwater welder working on a rural water intake system drowned in Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota.

McLean County Sheriff Don Charging says 32-year-old Joseph Gould was installing pipe 125 feet below the surface of the lake Wednesday when his equipment became entangled. A co-worker tried unsuccessfully to free him, and he was unable to surface.

Gould is from Brook Park, Minn. He was working for Midco Diving Co. out of Rapid City, S.D.

The sheriff’s office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the incident.

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