A ring for help was placed at 3:55. 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 first scan report stated that three children were in the water, but once on stage it was learned that the victims were three adults. Ringler said he didn't know if the people were guests at the resort, but said the three adults were in the water where a river meets the sea near the resort. Ringler said one of the three adults was able to take the other two people and swim back to land. When they were out of the sea, they were all breathing and talking, Ringler said.
Ringler said that all three adults were transported by ambulance to Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
The Cass and Crow Wing County Screen Offices, Minnesota State Patrol, Pillager Fire and Rescue and North Memorial Ambulance Assisted Onsite.
With ample sun and temperatures finally over 70 in the Brainerd Lakes area, the middle day of the long holiday weekend was a draw for the water.
Cass County Sheriff's Office, the primary agency of the event, has already responded to two possible drownings this week. The authorities responded in the afternoon of May 20 where the 69-year-old Sandra Crow of Mora was found to react in the water, near a pier at Woodland Resort, on the Kabekona Bay of Leech Lake, just north of Walker.
The Sheriff's office then responded on May 21