ORROCK TOWNSHIP, Minn. -- Kyle Kevelin spent most of his Monday searching the bottom of Ann Lake for his shotgun after he and five others survived a close call the night before.
On Sunday night, he and his brother Mike, along with four other friends, were stuck in the frigid water of Ann Lake in the pitch dark for almost 30 minutes.
"We were all jumping out because it (their boat) was just taking on so much water," Kevelin said. Firefighters wonder if perhaps there was just too much weight on that boat.
The hunters were on their way back to shore after duck hunting for a couple of hours. Once in the water, they started looking for their duck decoys.
"I just pretty much took them and stuck them up underneath my arm and just held on," Kyle Kevelin recalls. His brother did the same thing. The men were cold and out of breath; weighed down by all their gear and unable to swim to shore.
"I couldn't feel anything on my skin but just pain inside," Mike Kevelin said.
"You really know you can't do anything, that's what it feels like," fellow hunter Tom Quinn said.
The Kevelin's father happened to look out toward the lake, he yelled out to the men and they yelled back, imploring him for help. Someone called 911 while the father furiously rowed a small canoe out to the middle of the lake; a few of the stranded men grabbed on and held on.
Three Zimmerman Firefighters in cold water rescue water suits arrived in a larger boat and literally pulled the men out of the water. They were too cold to be of much help.
The men were treated by paramedics. They may have had some mild hypothermia symptoms, but were cleared to go home. Firefighters went back out and grabbed the boat, which was about 95 percent full of water by the time they got to it, Zimmerman fire chief Ryan Maloney told KARE 11.
"You learn a valuable lesson," Kyle Kevelin concluded. His brother Mike, fresh off this close call, leaves for active duty in Afghanistan in ten days.