Belle Plaine man dies in boating accident

A man from Belle Plaine died in a boating accident on Saturday in Le Sueur County.

According to Le Sueur County Sheriff Brett Mason, deputies responded to a call at 9:45 a.m. on November 28, 2020, at the Clear Lake public access in Lexington Township for a report of a capsized duck hunting boat.

Upon arrival deputies located Nicholas Jeffrey Brooks, 29, of Belle Plaine sitting on top of the overturned duck boat.

Jeffrey Ernest Brooks, 55, of Belle Plaine, was found floating in the water several yards from the overturned boat.

“Both parties were retrieved from the water. Nicholas Brooks was transported by a private party to MCHS New Prague. Lifesaving efforts were performed on Jeffrey Brooks. He was transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester where he died in the night-time hours,” Mason stated.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing. Agencies assisting were the MN DNR, Le Center Fire Department, Le Center Ambulance Service, and Mayo Air Care.


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