The bodies of two missing boaters have been found after a boating accident on Big Marine Lake in Scandia on Friday, April 29. Crews responded to a call just before 2 p.m. by witnesses, who reported two adult males in distress on the north side of the lake. According to a press release by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, witnesses say the driver lost control of the boat, which was occupied by two males, just after departing the landing, and both men were ejected.

Bystanders heard the boaters calling for help and rushed their boats out to assist, but when boaters arrived, the men could not be found.

The Washington County rescue/dive team and water recovery team, along with the Department of Natural Resources and state patrol, conducted a search and located the body of one of the boaters shortly after 7 p.m. on Friday. Crews found the body of the second boater around 4 p.m. today.

Hannah Davis is the Area Editor at the Forest Lake Times. You can contact her at or (763)233-0709

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