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One man is hurt after trying to save a child that fell overboard

By: WEAU 13 NEWS Email
By: WEAU 13 NEWS Email

Deputies say one man was hurt after trying to rescue a one-year-old child that fell into the water.

The Chippewa County Sheriff's Department says 31-year-old James Braaten of White Bear Lake, Minnesota and three children were on a boat in Lake Holcombe when the one-year old fell overboard.

Deputies say Braaten tried to grab the child but fell into the water as well. He was hit by the propeller while it was still moving. A five-year-old, still on board, turned the key shutting off the motor.

People on shore helped all four out of the water with use of a pontoon boat. Braaten was flown to Luther Hospital in Eau Claire for severe cuts to his leg.

The children, ages 1, 3 and 5 were treated at the scene and released to their mother.

All four were wearing life vests.


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