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TX: Three Houston-area young men killed on duck hunting trip

January 7, 2017


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The bodies of Starett Burk, 25, Spencer Hall, 19, and Chris Ruckman, 18, were recovered Saturday alongside the trio's capsized boat after a duck hunting outing in the Matagorda Bay.

Burk, Hall, and Ruckman, launched a boat around 4 a.m. Friday off on the east side of the bay that sits between Port Lavaca and Palacios.

When the young men didn't return home several hours after they were expected, a girlfriend called the U.S. Coast Guard to report them missing.
After more than 12 hours, crews located two bodies around noon Saturday. A short time later, they found the boat, which had capsized, and the body of one of two dogs the men had with them. The second dog had not been located Saturday night. Around 4 p.m., the third body was located under the capsized boat.

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