Male hospitalized after being ejected from his boat.

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Lake Vermilion 

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Tower and Breitung area first responders and law enforcement were dispatched to the report of a male being thrown from his boat on Lake Vermillion earlier today. The reporting party called 911 to report that the male was back in the boat however, he had sustained a severe injury to his hand and they were now en-route to Stuntz Bay Landing to meet first responder’s.

Upon the arrival of the victim at Stuntz Bay he was treated by EMS for a severe injury to his hand. The victim was then transported to the Tower airport where he was airlifted to a Duluth area hospital for advanced medical treatment.

It was reported that the victim, who was driving and his adult son had been riding in their boat when the the victim's hat flew off.  The victim tried to grab his hat which resulted in him bumping the boat motor causing the boat to turn suddenly. As a result, the victim was ejected from the boat. The victim’s son was able turn the boat motor off and pull his father back into the boat.

It was learned that the victim’s hand had become entangled in a tiedown cleat on the boat prior to him being ejected will thus causing a severe injury to his hand.

It was reported that both the victim and his son were wearing their life jackets during this incident.


Authority: Sgt. E Hanegmon 

Date:          06-05-22               Time: 17:20 PM

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