BEMIDJI, Minn. - Four young duck hunters from the north metro are recovering after being rescued from the waters of a frigid lake near Bemidji Monday.
Beltrami County deputies were called to Three Island Lake in Port Hope Township shortly after 6:30 p.m. Monday on reports of people in the water. First reponders found a boat had capsized about 200 yards from shore and four duck hunters were floundering in 10 to 12 feet of water.
Witnesses at the scene say the hunters had personal floatation devices (PFDs) but were not wearing them when the boat tipped. Rescue crews eventually made their way out to the hunters, plucked them from the water and brought them to shore where EMS personnel treated them for exposure. All are expected to fully recover.
The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office identified the hunters as 19-year-old Mitchell James Kohler of Wyoming; 19-year-old Collin Kerry Johnson of Forest Lake; 19-year-old Chase Daniel Chamberlain, also of Forest Lake; and Hunter William Smith, 18, of Stacy.
The sheriff credited the owner of Woodhaven Resort and a bystander who attempted to launch a boat and get to the hunters while additional Beltrami County Deputies, Bemidji Fire personnel, Minnesota State Troopers, Bemidji Ambulance Service and the Blackduck Ambulance Service responded to the scene.
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