Woman OK after kayak capsized

DETROIT LAKES– A Minneapolis woman is fine after capsizing her kayak on a very windy Big Detroit Lake yesterday.

According to a release from the Becker County Sheriff’s Office, they and several other responders arrived on the scene around 4 in the afternoon, after a report of a person trying to swim near the capsized kayak.

The woman, 34-year-old Veronica Surges, said she hit a wave, capsized, and lost her paddle, unable to retrieve it due to windy conditions, which blew her further away from shore.

Surges was wearing a lifejacket and a wetsuit, and was transported to a hospital where she was treated and released.


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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