Boaters rescued Sunday

Staff reports
Greg Fritz checks out the waves on Sunday on Devils Lake as they batter the shore near the St. Olaf Retreat Center at 2 p.m. High winds and wave action put an early end to the MWC Fishing Tournament and kept other anglers off the big lake. Area residents were alerted to wind advisories and asked to watch for damage that may happen along the shore because at times the waves were nearly six feet high.

A number of people had to be rescued Sunday when the pontoon they’d rented from the Spirit Lake Casino Marina ran into trouble on Devils Lake in 40 to 50 mph winds and high waves.

According to Devils Lake Rural Fire Chief Garry Vick an estimated 13 people, including young children, were on the craft when the waves in the bay caused it to run aground on the shores of Camp Grafton. The Ramsey County Sheriff’s office, Game and Fish and Lake Region Search and Rescue led the efforts of the rescue which took place at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Everyone made it to shore safely, there were no injuries.