Stearns County Sheriffs Office

(Collegeville Township, Stearns County, MN)-- On Wednesday evening at approximately 7:07 PM, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a capsized canoe on Lake Sagatagan located in Collegeville Township. The caller was an occupant of the capsized canoe and reported only one of the four occupants in the water was wearing a life jacket.

St. John’s University Life Safety launched a small boat and retrieved the four male occupants. Two occupants of the canoe were transported by Mayo Ambulance to the St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of possible hypothermia. The other two occupants declined medical attention. One of the occupants of the canoe reported that it had been capsized for approximately 20 minutes before being located and brought back to shore.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office reminds people that life jackets are a vital tool in water safety. They say that even skilled swimmers are at risk of drowning during a boating accident or in cold waters.