Minnesota man, friend die after canoe capsizes in Utah reservoir

- Authorities say a Minnesota man and his friend died of an apparent drowning after their canoe capsized in a reservoir in Utah last Monday. 

Benjamin Magalis, 24, of Goodhue and Chenoa Plank, 26, of Sugar House, Utah, were reported missing after they failed to return from a camping trip at the Strawberry Reservoir outside of Salt Lake City. 

According to the Wasatch County Sheriff's Office, the pair was fishing near Chicken Creek West in the reservoir on Monday, Nov. 12 when their canoe capsized. Both bodies were recovered in the water over the weekend. 

The temperature of the water was approximately 39 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Plank's dog, Hazel, was wearing a life jacket and was rescued by search and rescue crews, as well as Plank's family. 

The medical examiner will determine the official cause of death, but the sheriff's office says it appears the pair may have drowned. 

Magalis and Plank worked at a ski resort in the area. 

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