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A Group of Olmsted County Residents Survives Fall Over Power Dam in a Pontoon Boat

August 25, 2019 10:51 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Authorities say a group of Olmsted County residents on a pontoon boat survived a fall over the power dam at Lake Zumbro late Saturday night. 

The Wabasha County Sheriff's Office says they originally received reports of missing individuals in the water. But shortly after emergency responders arrived at the scene, they found out that a "group of four Olmsted County residents had docked their pontoon near the building structure portion of the Power Dam." Authorities say the group walked down to Mac's Park Place to visit, walked back up and boarded the pontoon. According to statements from the driver, they had left the area where they had docked and soon realized that they were right at the edge of the dam.  In the statement, authorities say the driver attempted to get out of that area but failed to get free at that point. The statement goes on to say that when the driver realized there was no turning back, he had instructed the passengers to sit on one side of the boat. Authorities say before the pontoon went over the dam, one person jumped into the water and swam to a buoy.  The three other passengers rode the pontoon over the dam where they landed upright and safe in the pontoon. The pontoon came to rest on a shelf below the dam.  The pontoon picked up the boater who swam to a buoy and was brought safely to shore.

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Once on the shore, the group was met by the Mazeppa Firefighters and were evaluated by the Zumbrota Ambulance crew. Authorities say one person was transported to the hospital with apparent non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities say they believe alcohol and darkness were factors in this accident.

The incident is still under investigation.

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