CLEARWATER COUNTY, Minn. — A duck hunter was rescued Tuesday, Oct. 13, after his kayak capsized on Upper Rice Lake in Clearwater County.
According to a release from Clearwater County Sheriff Darin Halverson, a 911 call was received at approximately 10:30 a.m. reporting someone had fallen into a lake.
After some searching from shore, voices were heard yelling from somewhere on the lake, the release said. A canoe was located on shore and a deputy and an EMT from Sanford Bagley Ambulance began paddling out in the direction of the voices. Another 911 call came in from a male individual stating that he had made it to shore and had walked out to a trail, the release said.
The male explained that he and another had been on the lake duck hunting in kayaks and his partner had tipped over and capsized. The male said he tried helping his partner but was unable to and so he left a bag of duck decoys for him to hang onto, the release said.
The deputy and EMT were able to find the other male individual still clinging to the duck decoys in the water. Two other deputies and members from the Bagley Fire Department were able to make it onto the lake and help the male back to shore. The hunter was taken by ambulance to the Sanford Bagley Medical Center, as he had been in the water for nearly an hour.
The names and ages of both men were not included in the release.