A stranded boater was rescued Thursday on Clearwater Lake thanks to the combined efforts of lake residents and first responders.
The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office was called just before 1 p.m. for a stranded boater on Clearwater Lake in Nokay Lake Township, east of Brainerd. Sheriff’s deputies, along with teams from the Deerwood Fire Department and Crosby Ambulance, responded to the scene.
Residents ashore threw a jet ski and helped locate an unharmed Big Lake man, 35, the sheriff’s office reported. The small 8-foot watercraft that he was operating with a trolling motor became unable to regain shore due to the windy conditions.
Sheriff Scott Goddard, in a press release, expressed gratitude to residents and first responders who acted quickly to help a boater in distress.
“This is a great example of neighbors looking for neighbors who lead to a positive outcome,” Sheriff Goddard said.
Goddard reminds boaters to wear appropriate life jackets and have all necessary safety equipment on board their watercraft as the Lakes Region enters the busy boating season.
“I would like to stress that boating safety must be at the forefront of the concerns of all those who take the water,” he said.
Visit dnr.state.mn.us/regulations/boatwater/index.html for a complete guide to water safety regulations.