A man died on Memorial Day after he fell off a boat while fishing in the Boundary Waters.
According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to a water emergency on Trout Lake at around 2:20 p.m. Monday.
Deputies learned a 51-year-old man had fallen into the water at the north arm of the lake. He had been underwater for two to three minutes.
The passengers on the boat and neighboring boaters pulled the man out of the water and to shore to perform CPR. The citizens continued administering aid until EMS arrived.
The man was determined to be dead at the scene.
Poor cell reception from the reporting party caused deputies to take longer than normal to respond to the call, according to the incident report.
An investigation into the incident found that the man was fishing on the bow of the boat from a “pedestal-type” chair, the release said.
Other passengers reported they heard a splash and saw the man had fallen into the water. The man was not wearing a life jacket and was immediately submerged.
The Tower Ambulance, U.S. Forest Service, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and the Ely Ambulance also responded to the incident.