Skip to main content

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

Two others were able to swim to the shore.

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.

Sign up: Subscribe to our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

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.

Next Up

police lights

Carver man charged after standoff with police in Prior Lake

The man had been fleeing from police when he allegedly broke into a home and the standoff ensued.


41-year-old Sherburne County man killed after crashing car into ditch

The crash occurred Sunday night in Palmer Township.


Around 200 rescued after ice breaks free on Upper Red Lake

Red Lake — both Upper and Lower — is the largest freshwater lake in the state.

Screen Shot 2022-11-28 at 9.38.30 AM

St. Paul featured on Hallmark Channel's 'Christmas Cam' livestream

Downtown's dazzling display can be viewed from anywhere in the world.


Charges: Drunk driver almost struck Bemidji parade spectators

The man told police he was trying to attend the parade himself.


The SCHEELS Experience

Whether looking for reliable hunting and fishing gear or new clothing and shoes, Eden Prairie SCHEELS is a one-stop shopping experience for the whole family.


Charges: Man fatally shot ex's new partner as he dined at Bloomington restaurant

Criminal charges filed Monday detail an alleged motive in the shooting.


Metallica to perform 2 nights in Minneapolis on 2023-24 World Tour

The heavy metal rock band returns to the state for the first time since 2018.

snow, plow

Tuesday storm to dump plowable snow in Minnesota

Snow should reach the Twin Cities Tuesday morning and fall throughout the day.

Screen Shot 2022-11-28 at 6.57.31 AM

Police: Drunk-driver almost struck people watching parade in Bemidji

The man was arrested for DWI charges following the incident.



Two Iowa State boat crew members dead after lake capsize

Three other crew club members were rescued.


Woman stranded on cement block as she tried to dock boat on Superior

The Twin Cities woman was treated for minor injuries.

Saxon Point Lake Superior

Iowa man dies after boat capsizes on Lake Superior

The boat capsized near Marble Point just before 9 a.m. Thursday.


Men swim a mile to shore in darkness after their boat capsized

The men had a lucky escape from a potentially deadly situation.

Park point lake superior

Duluth boy dies, girl revived after incident on Lake Superior

The boy was found about five hours after going missing.

Screen Shot 2020-08-17 at 8.53.28 AM

Boat goes up in flames on Lake Minnetonka

The occupants were able to escape to safety.


Belle Plaine man dies after duck boat capsizes on lake

One man was found sitting on the overturned boat while another man was in the water.