STILLWATER, Minn. (WCCO) – Three people were rescued late Saturday night after the boat they were traveling in started sinking.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call shortly after midnight, stating they could hear people yelling for help on Big Marine Lake.
Deputies responded to the North DNR access and to the Washington County Patrol boat on the south end of the lake. Additional units were dispatched after reports surfaced that three people were in a sinking boat and no one was accounted for.
A Scandia Rescue member, who lives on the lake, responded with his wife in their personal boat and were able to successfully rescue the owner of the boat and two passengers, who swam to the west side of the bay.
Washington County deputies located the partially submerged boat. The driver of the boat was arrested for suspicion of operating while intoxicated. The two passengers were treated and released at the scene.
The cause of why the boat started sinking is under investigation.