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 stage — 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 The Cass County Sheriff's Office, the primary agency of the incident, has already responded to two possible drownings this past week. Authorities responded to the afternoon of May 20 where 69-year-old Sandra was found unresponsive in the water, near the Woodland Resort, on Kabekona Bay of Leech Lake, just north of Walker.
The sheriff's office then responded May 21