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Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Hunter drowns in Oak Lake


According to the Pine County Sheriff's Office, on Thursday, October 15, Pine County Dispatch received a call that a man had fallen into the water at Oak Lake near Duquette.

Initial information indicated the man may have fallen out of a boat and was struggling in the water. Deputies, along with Kerrick Rescue and Mercy Ambulance, were dispatched. Moose Lake and Askov Fire were also requested to respond with boats to assist. Members of the Kerrick Rescue squad who were first on scene were able to utilize a boat from Oak Lake Campground to start a search for the man. Additional boats from Moose Lake, Askov and the Pine County Sheriff’s Office were also utilized.

Witness reports indicate three men had been duck hunting and had come to the landing. Two of the men went to retrieve a vehicle to load the boat. Upon their return to the landing they saw the boat about 200 yards out from the landing running in circles with no one in it.

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Rescue Squad was called in to assist with sonar and under- water camera equipment. At approximately 6:40 p.m. the body of an adult male in his 50s was recovered from the area where the boat was seen going in circles, in about nine feet of water.

The body was transported to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Ramsey for an autopsy.

The deceased has been identified as Patrick Auger, age 57, of Sturgeon Lake.


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