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Good Samaritan Assists Deputy With Water Rescue


September 10, 2021

Turtle Lake Township, Bemidji, MN –September 9, 2021-- On Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at approximately 7:00 PM, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received a report from an individual that he had located an adult male family member in the water, unresponsive, near his capsized canoe on Little Turtle Lake. The family member felt that his family member may have been experiencing a diabetic medical emergency. Little Turtle Lake is located approximately 7 miles north of Bemidji.

Beltrami County Deputy Brandon Newhouse responded to a residence in the 17000 block of Irvine Avenue NW, close to the scene and located a boat at this residence and while running through the yard explained to the homeowner he was in need of a boat for a medical emergency. The Good Samaritan boat owner responded immediately, running to his boat with

Newhouse and quickly had the boat off the lift. The Good Samaritan, identified as Glen T. Lindseth, and Deputy Newhouse quickly located the victim and his rescuer. The rescuer was found holding the victim above the water but had been unable to get the victim into his boat.

Lindseth and Deputy Newhouse entered the water and were able to place a personnel flotation device on the victim and attempts were made to get the victim into the boat. The area, though only approximately 4 feet deep, had a deep, soft muddy bottom. This made it impossible to lift the victim out of the water and into Lindseth’s boat. Lindseth then maneuvered the submerged, capsized canoe and he and Newhouse were able to enter it and used it to lift the victim into Lindseth’s boat.

The victim was brought to shore to an awaiting ambulance and with the assistance of other responding Deputies were able to get the unresponsive victim to the awaiting Bemidji Ambulance. Paramedics determined that the victim was not suffering a diabetic emergency but observed indicators of anaphylactic shock and located a potential bee sting. A medical emergency necklace was located indicating allergic reaction to bee stings. The victim was transported to Sanford-Bemidji Emergency Department.

Sheriff Ernie Beitel

Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office


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