Area man rescued after kayak capsizes

Multiple authorities on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 13 responded to rescue a 26-year-old Lindstrom man from the cold waters of North Lindstrom Lake where his kayak capsized.

The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office, in its report by press release, identified the man as Andrew Walter Simonette who was transported to Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming where he was then airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.

Simonette was discharged a day or two later, according to North Memorial.

The sheriff’s office said it received a 9-1-1 call around 2:30 p.m. indicating there was an overturned kayak near the middle of the lake in Chisago Lake Township. A person also was observed holding onto the boat in the water.

By the time Lindstrom Fire arrived by air boat at the kayak, the sheriff’s office noted, other citizens were holding Simonette out of the water. It was then that Lakes Region EMS transported him to Fairview Lakes and then North Memorial by North Air Care.

Simonette reportedly experienced hypothermia. He was not wearing a life jacket, and neither he nor authorities know how long he had been in the water.

The Lakes Area Police Department also responded in the rescue.

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