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Clarkfield man saves motorist in lake

April 5, 2012
Marshall Independent

YELLOW MEDICINE COUNTY - The actions of a passerby saved a Wood Lake man whose truck was submerged in Tyson Lake Tuesday afternoon, the Yellow Medicine Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.

A 2007 Dodge Dakota driven by Harlan Schwerin, 84, of Wood Lake was traveling east on Yellow Medicine County Road 1 when it left the south side of the road and entered Tyson Lake, the Sheriff's Office said. Two people driving by the area saw the vehicle go into the water and stopped to help. Evan Wintz, 23, of Clarkfield swam out to the vehicle, which was completely submerged, and was able to get Schwerin out, the Sheriff's Office said. Wintz helped Schwerin get on top of the truck, where they waited for help.

The Sheriff's Office received a 911 call reporting a vehicle in the lake at about 1:53 p.m., the Sheriff's Office said. Responders from the Wood Lake Fire Department and First Responders and Cottonwood Fire and Ambulance were able to rescue Schwerin and transport him to the hospital. A tow truck pulled the Dodge to shore.

Wintz and Schwerin were in the water for more than 20 minutes, the Sheriff's Office estimated. The water where the truck was submerged was about 8 feet deep, the Sheriff's Office said.



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