UPDATED: Search continues for 2 fishermen after boat capsizes on Lower Red Lake
RED LAKE -- Two people who disappeared after a Red Lake Fisheries boat capsized remained missing late Monday and search efforts were expected to go throughout the night.
According to a post on the Red Lake Police Department’s Facebook page, law enforcement received a report of a boat that capsized on the east side of Lower Red Lake near an area known as the “Cut Off.” Red Lake staff said police received the report at about 3:43 p.m.
One of the three people on the boat swam to shore and was rescued by passersby. He was taken to Red Lake Indian Health Services and was treated for hypothermia.
Following the accident, the Red Lake Department of Public Safety Conservation Enforcement Division and the Red Lake Fire Department immediately began searching the water and shorelines for the two other people who were on the boat when it capsized.
One of the missing fisherman was identified by police as Deland Beaulieu, 29. The other is a 17-year-old juvenile male. Both remained missing at 9:45 p.m. Monday.
The search on the water was later called off after a rescuer faced hypothermia, according to the Red Lake Police Department’s Facebook post. However, law enforcement planned to continue to search the area throughout the night in the event the fishermen made it to shore.
Red Lake police are seeking volunteers to help with the search Tuesday morning. A command center and registration station will be set up at Red Lake Fisheries at 9 a.m.
Volunteers are asked to dress for extremely cold temperatures coming off the lake and can bring their portable fish houses and heaters for warmth during the search. Locations for setting up the houses will be established Tuesday morning and shared at the registration station.
The Red Lake Band has also authorized administrative leave for any employees involved in the search. All volunteers are required to register, the department said.
In addition, officials said it will be extremely difficult in getting boats out onto the water because of shore freeze up and boaters are reminded to dress for extreme weather conditions and to add some additive to prevent gas lines from freezing while on the lake.
If anyone has any information about these fishermen, they should contact Red Lake Law Enforcement at (218) 679-3313.