July 9, 2020
Sheriff's deputies respond to three water emergencies on the Fourth of July
On Saturday, July 4, the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office responded to three water emergency calls.
At approximately noon, deputies responded to Bassett Lake in Bassett Township for a 47-year-old man from Duluth who was injured by a tow rope while water tubing behind a boat. He was transported by private vehicle to a Duluth area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Around 1:30 p.m., a 65-year-old man from Babbitt was found unresponsive in the water in Bear Island Lake near Babbitt after attempting to swim after a floating object that was in the water. CPR was performed on the man by several people who were on scene. He was transported by the Babbitt Ambulance to the Ely-Bloomenson Hospital at which time he was conscious and alert. The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Babbitt Police Department.
At approximately 2 p.m., a 69-year-old man from Biwabik was observed unresponsive in Pelican Lake in Orr after he jumped off a pontoon boat to swim. CPR was performed on him by others who had been on the pontoon boat with him. He was conscious and alert when first responders arrived and was transported by the Orr Ambulance to the Cook Hospital. The Minnesota DNR and Virginia Ambulance service also assisted.
Tourist business booming in northeastern Minnesota despite coronavirus
Resorts, sporting goods businesses, and other businesses are having a very good summer as they have opened up after closing due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The highways were crowded with anglers and vacationers headed north for walleye fishing or just to enjoy the beautiful lakes.
Reports from several resort owners have been that they are filled up for the season or almost. Tourists are enjoying getting out in the open for a time of fishing, golfing, water-skiing or just cruising.
One big reason is the closing of the border between the United States and Canada which stops tourists and fishermen and women from going there. This has been great for the local resorts and should carry on for years to come. People are tired of being kept indoors and with the fantastic weather that the north country is experiencing, they are flocking here. Reports of some very good fishing hasn't hurt, either. Restaurants are also opening and that has drawn tourists and the locals. Business is picking up.
The coronavirus pandemic hasn't hit the North Country like it has the rest of the state and that has helped. Locally, there have been very few cases of the virus reported and no deaths in this area.
Boat accident on Lake Vermilion
Sgt. Robert Tarr of the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reported that on Wednesday, July 1, at approximately 11:18 a.m., the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, together with the Vermilion Lake Fire/First Responders and the Tower Ambulance Service responded to a call from Pike Bay Lodge in rural Tower for a reported boat accident that had occurred on Lake Vermilion.
Three adult males were traveling in a boat along the east side of Ely Island in Breitung Township when the driver reached for a life jacket that was about to blow out of the boat. The driver inadvertently turned the motor tiller handle to the left, causing the boat to quickly turn to the right. The male passenger in the bow was thrown from the boat. The driver fell over inside the boat and struck his head on the side of the boat. The middle passenger was able to regain control of the motor and eventually assisted the male who had fallen overboard back into the boat. The boat was driven back to Pike Bay Lodge where the accident was reported. The male driver was treated on scene and transported by the Tower Ambulance Service to the Essentia Health Virginia Emergency Room to be treated for a minor head injury. The passenger who was thrown overboard was treated at the scene and released.
The names are being withheld pending family notifications of the accident.
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