MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 43-year-old Minneapolis man and a 53-year-old Princeton man died over the weekend in apparent drownings on a northern Minnesota lake, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities said the incident happened at about 6:38 p.m. Saturday on Lake Winnibigoshish, which is near Bena.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a capsized boat on the lake. When authorities arrived to the scene, they located the boat and several items floating in the water nearby.
The initial search turned up nothing on Saturday, but authorities located the body of 43-year-old William Daley at about 9:35 a.m. Sunday near shore. Daley was from Minneapolis.
Later Sunday, authorities located the body of 53-year-old Clarence Dickens about 200 yards from where the boat was initially found. Dickens was from Princeton.
Authorities say the wind was gusting between 30 mph and 40 mph at the time.
The Lakes Area Dive Team, the state Department of Natural Resources and Leech Lake tribal police helped in the search.
Authorities are investigating what led up to the boat capsizing, and the two victim’s bodies have been sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.