Pelican Lake Boating Accident Update 23 Sep 13

A man whose boat capsized on a Wright County lake this (Monday) morning was rescued and was taken to a hospital for treatment of exposure.

The man, identified by the sheriff’s office as a 61-year-old from Albertville, was on Pelican Lake in Buffalo Township when his boat capsized. He told sheriff’s officials that the wake of a passing boat caused his boat to capsize at about 6:30 a.m.

The man was yelling for help when another person who was on the lake spotted the man clinging to the top of his overturned boat. The other boater brought the 61-year-old man to shore before rescue officials arrived.

Originally, it was thought that he did not have a personal flotation device however, in a subsequent interview with the victim, he reported that he had a PFD on at the time of the accident but removed it to swim out from under the boat which was capsized over the top of him.

 His name wasn’t released.