Man dies, two escape after 21-foot boat capsizes on Lake Superior

Two others were able to swim to the shore.
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A man died after a boat capsized on Lake Superior in Duluth Monday morning.

The 21-foot Monark Aluminum Hulled boat started taking on water around 11 a.m. with three men aboard.

The engine ultimately became overwhelmed with water, before large waves turned the boat, eventually flipping it upside down in the water.

Two of the men, Randall Corsten, 50, of New Franken, Wisconsin, and Donald Slater, 59, of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, were able to swim to shore.

But Donald Sarter, 68, of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, didn't make it back to shore. Sarter, who had been operating the boat, was later found in shallow water off the end of Park Point near the Sky Harbor Airport.

Despite lifesaving efforts, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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All three men were wearing lifejackets at the time, but not zipped together in the front.

The boat is owned by Roen Salvage of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, with all three men employees of the company.

Corsten and Slater were not injured in the incident.

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