Man dies, 14-year-old boy critical in separate water incidents in northern Minnesota

The man was found unresponsive in shallow water.
Author:
Publish date:

A man has died and a 14-year-old boy is in a critical condition in a hospital after separate incidents on northern Minnesota lakes.

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says the incidents happened just hours apart on Tuesday evening, with the first in the Greenwood Bay area of Lake Vermilion around 5:25 p.m.

There a man was found unresponsive in the water of a shallow part of the bay, face down while wearing a life jacket. He was taken to shore, but died despite lifesaving efforts.

He has been identified as 58-year-old Darrell Pfannenstein, of St. Joseph, Minnesota.

A resident had earlier seen him standing in the water next to his jet ski as he tried to get back on. The resident offered to help but Pfannenstein declined.

A short time later he was seen walking in the water towards the shore, and the same resident decided to boat over and offer to help. As he approached he saw Pfannenstein was unresponsive in the water.

Boy critical after swimming accident

A few hours later, at 8:19 p.m., emergency responders were sent to Little Grand Lake near Sampo Beach, northwest of Duluth.

A 14-year-old boy had been under the water for "multiple minutes," with bystanders having removed him from the lake when first responders arrived.

CPR and lifesaving measures were carried out, before he was taken to a hospital, where he is in a critical condition.

It happened after three boys were swimming out to a diving dock about 75 yards off shore, with one of them going underwater, prompting the other two to yell for help.

The boy was found about 12-15 feet underwater by bystanders who came from the beach and nearby boats. 

"Swimmer inexperience is believed to be the cause of the incident," the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said.

Next Up

purse

Border officers seize more than $550K in counterfeit designer goods

The shipments of fake goods were seized on Jan. 22.

Landfill plastic bags

4 Twin Cities landfills seek to expand capacity

This comes as the area's waste-to-energy facilities are operating at capacity.

Marcus Carr

3 of 10 finalists for NCAA's top point guard award have MN ties

Not a bad way to represent the State of... Basketball?

Justice, court

Minnesota grants unconditional pardon to grandmother facing deportation

Gov. Tim Walz says it's the first full pardon granted by the state in 35 years.

covid-19, vaccine

Minnesota changes vaccine appointment process, here's what to know

Walz also announced plans for a mass vaccination event at Xcel Energy Center.

covid-19, coronavirus

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, Jan. 25

The latest figures from MDH have been released.

covid-19, vaccine

Minnesota health leaders say state's vaccine progress better than figures suggest

Minnesota is lagging behind national vaccination rates, but MDH leaders say this is because it's holding 2nd doses in reserve.

target store

Target announces bonuses ranging from $500-$2,000 for 375,000 workers

The bonuses are being provided following a booming holiday sales season.

dale olsen go fund me

Curling community rallies behind man who was shot in Minneapolis

Dale Olsen was shot in an apparent attempted robbery.

Delfosse

Willmar man's coworkers fundraise to help family after he was fatally shot

David Delfosse was working in his garage when he was killed by an errant bullet.

Related

lake water

Boy, 14, hospitalized after water emergency dies

It happened northwest of Duluth on Tuesday.

Kayak lake

Twin Cities man drowns while kayaking in northern Minnesota

The Bloomington man was found unresponsive in the water.

Lake Vermilion

Man dies at the scene of water emergency on Lake Vermilion

Circumstances leading up to the man's death aren't yet known.

lake water

Man dies in apparent drowning at Lake Burgen in Alexandria

The 49-year-old's body was recovered in about 10 feet of water.

Man dies in boating accident near Detroit Lakes

The 61-year-old was found unresponsive, and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

lake water

Man drowns after being hit by watercraft on MN lake

The 50-year-old was pronounced dead in a hospital.

lake, water

3-year-old dies after drowning incident in west-central Minnesota

The drowning happened at a public swimming area.

lake, water

Diver pulls 20-year-old drowning victim from Stearns County lake

There were also three water emergencies in St. Louis County.