TOWER- A 51-year-old man from rural Morrison County died Monday when he was submerged in water for two to three minutes after falling out of a boat on the north arm of Trout Lake, within the Boundary …
TOWER- A 51-year-old man from rural Morrison County died Monday when he was submerged in water for two to three minutes after falling out of a boat on the north arm of Trout Lake, within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
St. Louis County Sheriff’s deputies received a 911 cell phone call for a water emergency at the lake at 2:20 p.m., according to a department press release. The unnamed victim was reportedly fishing from the bow of a boat and was not wearing a life vest when passengers heard a splash and turned to see that the man had fallen into the water and had immediately submerged.
Passengers pulled the man from the water with assistance from other boaters and began performing CPR as they reached the shore. They continued their first aid attempts until EMS personnel arrived. They continued life-saving efforts but eventually determined the man was deceased.
The incident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s department in conjunction with the Midwest Medical Examiner’s office. The U.S. Forest Service, Department of Natural Resources, and Tower and Ely ambulance services assisted with the call.
The Sheriff’s Office is advising boaters that despite warmer air temperatures, water temperatures remain quite cold. Life vests are critical aids in surviving water incidents at this, or any, time of the year.
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