Muri drowning victims identified

Friday November 24, 2017 Written by Published in Local
US Republican State representative for South Dakota Craig Tieszen, and his brother-in-law Brent Moline tragically drowned on Wednesday morning while kayaking on Muri lagoon. 17112310 US Republican State representative for South Dakota Craig Tieszen, and his brother-in-law Brent Moline tragically drowned on Wednesday morning while kayaking on Muri lagoon. 17112310

One of the two men who drowned at Muri lagoon Wednesday morning has now been identified as US Republican State Representative for South Dakota, Craig Tieszen, 68.

 

A source said Tieszen was attempting to help his brother-in-law, Brent Moline, 61, who had got into difficulties on the reef, when his kayak capsized.

Police emergency services were called and they recovered the bodies of both men.

The family will repatriate them back to the US. The daughter of one of the men told police they were in Rarotonga to attend a wedding.

A source also said the ceremony was due to take place later on the day of the tragedy.

Tieszen, from Rapid City, was in his first term in the State House of Representatives, after having served in the State Senate from 2009 to 2016. He had also served with the Rapid City Police Department, from 1975, serving as Police Chief from 2000 to 2007.

Expressions of remorse and condolence flooded onto social media Thursday afternoon as news of Tieszen’s passing spread.

“Craig Tieszen was a good man and a dedicated public servant, and his loss is very sad,” said the Governor of South Dakota, Dennis Daugaard in a statement.

Duagaard said he would order flags be flown at half-mast on the day of his funeral, the date of which has yet to be confirmed.

3 comments

  • Comment Link Graham St George Saturday, 25 November 2017 00:26 posted by Graham St George

    My sympathies and condolences for both families after this tragedy. I don't know the details, but suspect safety guidelines were not followed - the reef is dangerous at all times and especially for novice tourists, but Muri lagoon itself couldn't be a safer patch of water for all aquatic activities! Very sad as I'm sure this could have been avoided!! Perhaps better security protocol is required by those renting out equipment .....?

  • Comment Link Gerard Friday, 24 November 2017 17:53 posted by Gerard

    not sure how you could get into trouble in Muri lagoon....the water is so calm and not deep.... R I P

  • Comment Link Elizabeth Tavai Friday, 24 November 2017 14:11 posted by Elizabeth Tavai

    very sad, condolences to the family of both men.

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