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Three survive cold waters of Lake Marquette after capsizing canoe


BEMIDJI, MN: On Friday, April 2, 2021, at approximately 3:08 PM, ambulance personnel transported three individuals to Sanford Emergency Department to receive treatment for hypothermia after they capsized their canoe on Lake Marquette. Lake Marquette is located approximately one mile southwest of Bemidji.

After the canoe capsized all three made it safely back to shore. All three were wearing Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs). All three individuals were treated and released from Sanford ED.

This scenario ended well. Some unfortunately don’t. Cold water can kill. The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office Boat and Water Patrol would like to remind all boaters to wear their PFD’s at all times. It is extremely enticing to canoeist, kayakers and other boaters to get back out on the lakes. Many may need to get their sea legs again. Also with the ice out comes new floating or partially submerged obstructions to areas that didn’t have them prior. Logs and large tree limbs, and bog can be moved by the ice as it goes out causing these obstructions to shift.

Be safe. Cold water can kill. Wear your PFD.

Sheriff Ernie Beitel

Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office


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