Juvenile kayakers rescued from Leech Lake

In a series of incidents the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to over the weekend, three juvenile kayakers were rescued from Leech Lake Saturday afternoon.

According to Sheriff Tom Burch, the three girls were caught in the wind and were taking on water, just west of Minnesota Island.

One of the girls was in the water for several minutes, with the two others in partially submerged kayaks unable to paddle to safety.

Ultimately, the three were rescued, and Sheriff Burch notes that the water temperature was around 45 degrees, and that the safe outcome of this incident was the use of life jackets by all three girls.

The three were treated on scene by North Memorial Ambulance and released to an adult.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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