Skip to main content
Publish date:

Two men swim a mile to shore after their boat capsized on Big Kandiyohi Lake

The men had a lucky escape from a potentially deadly situation.
Author:
sailboat

Two men thrown into the water when their boat capsized during overnight storms managed to survive after swimming a mile to shore.

The men, aged 51 and 48, were sleeping on the anchored boat on Big Kandiyohi Lake, south of Willmar, when turbulent weather rolled in during the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police received a call of a possible capsized boat at 1:23 a.m., with strong winds having caused the boat to flip.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office says that both men entered the water underneath the boat, and immediately became separated.

The 48-year-old managed to swim a mile to the north shore of the lake, where he summoned help from the brother of the 51-year-old, calling 911 and taking out a pontoon to search for him.

But remarkably, the 51-year-old had also managed to swim a mile to the north shore, where he sought help at a local residence.

The older man was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, while the younger man had no injuries.

Sign up: Subscribe to our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

Next Up

Tommy Kramer

Here's your chance to ride in a Viking themed limo with Tommy Kramer

The former Vikings quarterback is getting a purple limo for all to enjoy.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves' winning streak snapped at five games

The Wolves' bid for their longest winning streak since 2014 came up short.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

Teen arrested over fatal shooting of 5-year-old boy in Brooklyn Park

Police say the teen was filming a social media video while handling a gun.

Joe Biden

President Biden coming to Minnesota to promote Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Tuesday's trip follows passage of the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.

Kirill Kaprizov

Kaprizov gets into the holiday spirit to rout Jets

Kirill Kaprizov's four points led the Wild to a 7-1 victory.

Kirk Cousins

Coller: Cure to Vikings' disrupted season lies in an explosive passing game

The Vikings go to San Francisco knowing that a win would be a huge boost to their playoff hopes.

unsplash football helmet ground

Judge upholds star QBs suspension for state championship game

Sam Backer, of Chatfield Senior High, won't be allowed to play in Friday's title game.

Screen Shot 2021-11-25 at 7.53.37 AM

Another 5,000 lbs. of goldfish removed from Carver County lakes

It all likely stemmed from people dumping their pets into local waters a few years ago.

Rosaleia Shelton

Appeal to find 19-year-old missing from Bloomington

The teen left her home on Monday afternoon.

hospital, emergency room

Deaths of twin fetuses after woman was shot ruled a double homicide

The woman was shot in the abdomen in mid-September.

Related

1024px-Oar_blade

Two Iowa State boat crew members dead after lake capsize

Three other crew club members were rescued.

Brainerd man drowns trying to swim after his drifting boat

His boat drifted as he tried to launch it from Gilbert Lake.

canoe

2 swim to shore, 1 dead after canoe capsizes in the BWCA

It's unclear what the lake conditions were at the time the canoe overturned.

Screen Shot 2019-06-24 at 6.51.09 AM

Norm Coleman 'dodges bullet' after boat is broadsided in northern MN

Two children were also sent hurtling into the water, but fortunately nobody was injured.