Four Hunters Rescued After Boat Capsizes

By KBJR News 1

Four Hunters Rescued After Boat Capsizes

October 23, 2012 Updated Oct 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM CDT

Bemidji, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Four duck hunters were rescued after their boat capsized on a lake in Port Hope Township in Beltrami County.

On October 22 at 6:39 p.m., the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office received a call that a boat capsized 200 yards from shore.

The hunters were near the Woodhaven Resort on Three Island Lake.

Police say immediate efforts were made by the resort owner when he launched a boat to go rescue the hunters.

The duck hunters, 19 year old Mitchell James Kohler of Wyoming, Minnesota; 19 year old Collin Kerry Johnson of Forest Lake; 19 year old Chase Daniel Chamberlain of Forest Lake and 18 year old Hunter William Smith of Stacy, were found in the water near their boat.

The water was 10 to 12 feet deep.

According to witnesses on scene, the hunters had personal floatation devices but were not wearing them at the time of the incident.

Rescue crews made their way to the hunters and rescued them from the water and brought them to shore.

EMS personnel treated the hunters for exposure.

All are expected to fully recover.

Beltrami County Deputies, Bemidji Fire personnel, Minnesota State Patrol, First responders and Bemidji Ambulance Service responded to the scene.

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