Four hunters escape harm when boat capsizes in Jackson county

JACKSON – Four people had to swim to shore Sunday morning when their boat capsized on Loon Lake about a quarter mile from shore. According to a report from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, authorities received notice of four people floating in the water around 10:30 a.m. near the north island on Looon Lake. The four were duck hunting when their boat capsized. A resident who had just gone outside because his power had gone out heard screams and contacted authorities.

Emergency crews deployed boats into the lake, but the victims had swam to shore. They ranged in age from 62 to 16 and were all from Bloomington (Robert Nelson Sr., 62; Robert Nelson Jr., 42; Benjamin Nelson, 16; and Vanessa Nelson, 18). They were all transported via ambulance to Sanford Jackson Medical Center, where they were treated and released.

Wind speeds at the time of the incident were at times in excess of 25 miles per hour, lake temperatures were estimated at approximately 50 degrees and the water surface was very rough. The boat remains submerged in Loon Lake and is the responsibility of the owner to retrieve.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office reminds boaters and hunters to check weather conditions prior to engaging in their activities each day.

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Safety precaution should always be observed. Its lucky for them to have survived. - Scott Sohr Nashville

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