N. Idaho man in critical condition after duck hunting accident

N. Idaho man in critical condition after duck hunting accident

N. Idaho man in critical condition after duck hunting accident

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 28 at 7:11 PM

MEDIMONT, Idaho -- A duck hunter was listed in critical condition late Wednesday after falling into Medicine Lake and waiting 30-45 minutes to be rescued.

Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a boat crash near Medimont, Idaho around 1:00 p.m.

A passerby on Highway 3 noticed two men clinging to a submerged 10 foot jon boat.

Two Idaho Fish and Game officers launched their airboat into Medicine Lake and pulled the men out.

Authorities said both 51-year-old Michael Jensen of Pinehurst and 52 year-old Dwayne Knapton from Osburn, Idaho were hypothermic when they were taken from the water.

The men were reportedly duck hunting on Medicine Lake and at some point after retrieving a downed duck, one of them shifted their weight. That caused the boat to list to one side, capsizing it.

The two men both had life jackets on board but were not wearing them and clung to the boat until they were rescued.

Knapton was taken by air ambulance to Kootenai Health where was listed in critical condition.

Jenson was treated at the scene and released.

The water temperature was about 40 degrees.

Authorities are investigating. They said it is unknown if alcohol was a factor in the incident.

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