Mental Health Emergency Leads to Dramatic Water Rescue in Moose Lake

MOOSE LAKE, MN ( – A distress call reporting a man exhibiting erratic behavior triggered a dramatic water rescue operation in Moose Lake Township. According to authorities, the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office received reports of a 32-year-old man in a mental health crisis along the bike trail.

Deputies, along with the Minnesota DNR, rushed to the scene to engage with the individual, who proved uncooperative. Despite efforts to communicate, the man proceeded into the woods and eventually swam into Moose Head Lake via Moose Horn River.

The situation escalated as the Moose Lake Fire Department and Essentia Health EMS joined the rescue efforts. Despite their attempts to coax him onto rescue boats, the man remained unresponsive for nearly 50 minutes. Eventually, deputies managed to take him into custody without serious injuries.

The collaborative efforts of law enforcement, emergency services, and healthcare professionals ensured a successful resolution to the crisis.

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