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Aerial Drone locates Duck Hunter in need of rescue

Web posted October 13, 2020
On Saturday, October 3, 2020, at approximately 5:15 pm, a concerned resident reported hearing someone yelling for help in the area of the Hesitation Wildlife Management area. The Hesitation Wildlife Management area is located in the Bay Lake Township south of State Highway 18 and encompasses much of Rice Lake. Rice Lake is a very shallow swampy lake with limited access to the water.

The Sheriff’s Office responded to the area. Deputies were able to hear a male yelling for help, but initially were unable to visually locate the male due to the terrain and bulrushes. A Deputy utilized an aerial drone to locate the male. Deputies observed a male in the water holding onto the back his boat, it appeared the male had been duck hunting.

Minnesota DNR Officers also responded to the area and were able to utilize a flat bottom mud boat to navigate the water and to reach the hunter. The hunter was pulled from the water and transported back to land to awaiting Crosby Ambulance paramedics. The hunter was very cold, but was conscious and talking. At this time, it is believed the hunter was in the water for several hours. The hunter was identified as a 60 year old male from rural Brainerd.

Sheriff Scott Goddard would like to thank the residents who initially heard the male calling for help and called 911. Sheriff Goddard also would like to thank Bruce Holbrook who allowed law enforcement to access his property and assisted in launching the rescue boat with his skid steer. Without the help of these residents, the outcome of this incident may have been much different.

Great teamwork and professionalism was displayed by all the agencies involved. The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the following agencies that all contributed to the rescue of the hunter: The Minnesota DNR, MN State Patrol, Garrison Fire Department, and Crosby Ambulance.

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