A second apparent drowning death in the city of Lake Elmo this June


A young man died in Lake Jane June 15 of apparent drowning. According to lake-link.com, Lake Jane is about 153 square acres and 39 feet deep at its deepest point. Aundrea Kinney/Review

A June 15 fishing excursion on Lake Jane led to the appearent drowning death of a young man, and the rescue of two other men. 

All in their early 20s, the three men were fishing on Lake Jane in the city of Lake Elmo when their canoe began to sink.

According to a press release from the Washingon County Sheriff’s Office, strong winds began to cause white caps on the lake and the canoe “became flooded with water and sank” around 11:15 a.m.

Washington County Sheriff Dan Starry said all three men ended up in the water and only one of them was wearing a life jacket. 

Minnesota law requires a readily accessible and wearable lifejacket for each person onboard a boat, including canoes.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, which handles community policing in Lake Elmo, noted in the press release that alcohol did not appear to be involved.

A neighbor witnessed the event and responded in his pontoon boat, saving two of the men, but was unable to reach the third man in time.

“Quite frankly, he saved two people’s lives today,” Starry said. “You hope that everyone would do that and in the time of crisis, you never know.”

Several fire rescue units and the sheriff’s office water patrol responded and found the third man still in the water. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner also responded and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Starry, later that day the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was working on making contact with the family of the deceased; his name was not released as of press time.

This was not the only drowning that occurred in Lake Elmo this month. On June 4, a child was pulled from the Lake Elmo Park Reserve swim pond. 

According to the sheriff’s office press release, the 6-year-old was transported to Regions Hospital where she later died. The incident is reportedly under investigation until autopsy results are received from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner.

Starry explained that these two incidents are completely unrelated, but urged those who go out on the water to wear their life preservers and to exercise caution.

 

—Aundrea Kinney

 

Aundrea Kinney can be reached at 651-748-7822 or akinney@lillienews.com.

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