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Accident Submission #32542

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Report Date: 2017-01-09
Accident Date: 2016-08-27
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Country: United States
State: Minnesota, US
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Boat Type: Open Canoe
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Private/Commercial: Private
Submitted by Witness? No
Description: Canoe containing two fisherman capsized on Silver Creek Reservoir (107 acres). Neither wearing lifejackets. Air temperature 64, wind speed 7-10mph. Both tried to swim to shore rather than stay with their canoe, one drowned.
Text Attachments: Kay Fate, kfate@postbulletin.com Aug 29, 2016 (0) The 20-year-old man who drowned Saturday morning at Silver Creek Reservoir has been identified as Nicholas Zachary Borth, of Stewartville. Borth and a friend had been fishing from a canoe since about 6:30 a.m., said Capt. Scott Behrns, of the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office. The boat capsized about 9:30 a.m., sending both men into the water; it's speculated the canoe tipped when both men cast their fishing lines from the same side. Life jackets were available, Behrns said, but neither man was wearing one. Borth's friend yelled for help, getting the attention of two men on shore, the report says. One called 911; the other went into the reservoir in an attempt to help find Borth. His body was found in 12 feet of water by members of the Department of Natural Resources about 12:30 p.m., 50 to 75 yards from the boat launch, Behrns said. Though Borth could swim, "he may have become entangled in his own fishing line," Behrns said, "but that's just speculation." The reservoir, he said, contains "black water, which means you can't see anything underwater." The current near the bottom, Behrns added, "is stronger than you think." The reservoir is at 1800 55th Ave. NE in Haverhill Township. Borth was a 2014 graduate of John Marshall High School in Rochester. The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office Dive Team and Boat Patrol, the Rochester Fire Department and the Minnesota DNR. Hannah Yang, hyang@postbulletin.com Aug 27, 2016 Authorities have recovered the body of the missing 20-year-old man after a canoe capsized at Silver Creek Reservoir in northeast Rochester Saturday. At around 12:30 p.m., the body of the missing man was found in approximately 12 feet of water, according to Capt. Scott Behrns of the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office. The deceased was a resident of Stewartville, with him originally being from Rochester. The identity of the man will be released on Monday morning once family and friends are notified. "The emergency personnel that were involved in the rescue attempts and the recovery effort express their deepest condolences to the family for their loss," a statement reads. A 911 call was received at approximately 9:30 a.m. about a canoe that overturned and one occupant was missing in the water. The reservoir is located at 1800 55th Avenue NE in Haverhill Township. Preliminary reports determined that two, 20-year-old men were fishing from the canoe when it capsized. The men tried to swim to shore, but only one made it back. The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office Dive Team and Boat Patrol, the Rochester Fire Department, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
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