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3 people taken to the hospital after report of possible drowning

Emergency vehicles from multiple departments respond to a possible drowning, involving three people Sunday, May 26, off Gull Lake Lane near Gull Lake Resort in East Gull Lake. It was not known if the people were resort guests. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch 1 / 3
Law enforcement officers talk to a woman at Gull Lake Resort Sunday, May 26, after responding to a report of a possible drowning, involving three people. Emergency vehicles, including three ambulances responded and parked at the resort. It was not known if the people were resort guests. Brainerd Dispatch / Kelly Humphrey 2 / 3
North Memorial Ambulance personnel respond to a possible drowning, involving three people Sunday, May 26, off Gull Lake Lane near Gull Lake Resort in East Gull Lake. All three people were transported to the Brainerd hospital. Brainerd Dispatch / Kelly Humphrey 3 / 3

EAST GULL LAKE—Emergency personnel responded to a possible drowning, involving three people Sunday, May 26, near Gull Lake Resort in East Gull Lake.

A call for help was placed about 3:55 p.m. Sunday with emergency vehicles traveling to Gull Lake Lane. Initial efforts included finding a nearby landing zone for an air ambulance.

Pillager Area Fire and Rescue Chief Greg Ringler said the initial scanner report stated three children were in the water, but once on scene—it was learned the victims were three adults. Ringler said he did not know if the people were guests at the resort, but said the three adults were in the water where a river meets the lake near the resort. Ringler said one of the three adults was able to grab the other two people and swim back to shore. Once they were out of the lake, they were all breathing and speaking, Ringler said.

Ringler said all three adults were transported by ambulance to Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.

The Cass and Crow Wing county sheriff's offices, Minnesota State Patrol, Pillager Fire and Rescue and North Memorial Ambulance assisted at the scene.

With abundant sunshine and temperatures finally above 70 in the Brainerd lakes area, the middle day of the long holiday weekend was a draw for the water.

The Cass County Sheriff's Office, the primary agency of the incident, has already responded to two possible drownings this past week. Authorities responded the afternoon of May 20 where 69-year-old Sandra Crow of Mora was found unresponsive in the water, near a dock at the Woodland Resort, on Kabekona Bay of Leech Lake, just north of Walker.

The sheriff's office then responded May 21, to a report of a deceased man in Louise Lake in Wabedo Township, rural Longville. The man was identified as 78-year-old Robert Mindock of Illinois.

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