Father and Son Apparent Drowning Victims In Hubbard County

Father and Son Apparent Drowning Victims In Hubbard County Click to Enlarge

UNDATED--A father and son apparently drown this weekend in Hubbard County after their kayak overturned. The Hubbard Count Sheriff's Office issued a press release Monday (today) stating they received a call Saturday afternoon just before 1:30 pm of two kayakers on Hart Lake that had overturned in their kayak and had not come to the water's surface. Agencies responding to the call located an upside down kayak and no immediate sign of the two victims. Following an initial search, emergency crews located a 4-year-old male in the water and began CPR. The child was transported by ambulance, then by North Memorial Air Care to the U of M Hospital in Minneapolis where the boy was listed in critical condition. Authorities continued the search for the child's father, 42-year-old Jesse Anderson of Northwood, IA. Saturday's search efforts included the use of a helicopter, boats, and underwater divers, without results. Weather conditions and darkness suspended the search efforts on Saturday. Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes said Sunday morning the search resumed at 7:00 am and at 10:53 am the body of Anderson was recovered from Hart Lake in 6 feet of water. A 10:45 am the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office received notification that the 4 year old child had died of his injuries after being taken off life support.

The Sheriff says neither victim had been wearing a life jacket.

Agencies assisting the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office included the Sheriff's Departments of Beltrami County and Cass County, Ambulances from Bemidji and Cass Lake, Lake Port First Response, Lake Port Fire Department, Lakes Area Dive Team, MN DNR, MN State Patrol, North Memorial AirCare, and Pike Bay Police Department.

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