MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — An 83-year-old Twin Cities man drowned Tuesday after he fell off a boat on a central Minnesota lake.
The Wright County Sheriff’s Office says Robert Jacobson, of Elk River, was riding in a boat on Granite Lake, about 50 miles west of the metro area, when he fell into the water around 3:20 p.m. He was not wearing a life jacket.READ MORE: 'Bud's Jacket': Woman From White Bear Lake Unveils Her Uncle's WWII Story With New Book
The boat’s driver jumped in the water to help Jacobson, but couldn’t hold him above water. Another boater stopped to help and was able to hold Jacobson above the surface until more help arrived.
First responders pulled Jacobson from the water and attempted life-saving efforts. A medical helicopter also responded. However, Jacobson was pronounced dead around 4:30 p.m.READ MORE: Awwal Adebayo Ladipo, 25, Dies After Assault Leaves Him With Brain Injury
The boat’s driver, a 76-year-old Annandale man, told investigators that he had stopped the boat out on the lake and put the motor in reverse to clear out weeds. When he shifted the motor back to forward, he noticed Jacobson was in the water.
The driver said he threw a life jacket to Jacobson, but Jacobson did not try to grab it.MORE NEWS: How Feds Are Working To Crack Down On Crimes Committed With Illegal Firearms
The incident is under investigation by the sheriff’s office and the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.