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Minnesota Duck Hunters Rescued After Boat Capsizes

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Rescue crews in Beltrami County helped save the lives of four duck hunters Monday night.  It happened just after 6:30 on Three Island Lake in Port Hope Township.

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office says the men were about 200 yards from shore when their boat capsized.  All four had life jackets, but none were wearing them.  

Investigators say when rescue crews got to the men Mitchell James Kohler, 19 of Wyoming, MN; Collin Kerry Johnson, 19, of Forest Lake, MN; Chase Daniel Chamberlain, 19, of Forest Lake, MN; Hunter William Smith, 18, of Stacy, MN were floundering in the water near their boat in 10 to 12 feet of water. 

All four were treated for exposure, but are expected to fully recover. 

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At approximately 6:39 PM, on Monday, October 22, 2012, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office was notified that a boat carrying four duck hunters had capsized about 200 yards from shore near Woodhaven Resort on Three Island Lake in Port Hope Township.  Immediate efforts by resort owner Bernie Fennell and bystander Michael Steele were made to launch a boat and go to the aid of the hunters.  Beltrami County Deputies, Bemidji Fire personnel, Minnesota State Patrol, First responders and Bemidji Ambulance Service responded to the scene. 

The four duck hunters identified as Mitchell James Kohler, 19 of Wyoming, MN; Collin Kerry Johnson, 19, of Forest Lake, MN; Chase Daniel Chamberlain, 19, of Forest Lake, MN; Hunter William Smith, 18, of Stacy, MN were floundering in the water near their boat in 10 to 12 feet of water.   

According to witnesses at the scene, the hunters had PFDs but were not wearing them at the time of the accident.  Rescue crews made their way out to the hunters and plucked them from the frigid water and safely brought them to shore.  EMS personnel treated the four hunters for exposure.  All are expected to fully recover.

 

Sheriff Phil Hodapp

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