COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho - One man has died following a boat accident on a small Kootenai County lake Wednesday afternoon.
Dwayne Knapton, 52, from Osburn died from hypothermic injuries.
He and his duck hunting partner, 51-year-old Michael Jensen of Pinehurst, both fell into the water after their boat capsized around 1 p.m. Wednesday in Medicine Lake.
They were retrieving a downed duck when one of them shifted their weight, causing the boat to tip and take on water. Eventually it capsized.
A passerby on Highway 3 saw the two men hanging on to their ten foot boat that was under the water. The passerby called 911 and flagged down a Fish and Game officer. Officers pulled the two men out of the water after launching a rescue boat.
The two men had life jackets on board the boat, but were not wearing them when the boat capsized.
Medstar Air Ambulance took Knapton to Kootenai Health, but medical personnel were unable to save him.
Jensen was treated at the scene for hypothermia and released.
They had been in the water for an estimated 30-45 minutes prior to being rescued. The water temperature was about 40 degrees.