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Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1435045.015 - Roen Salvage Company
Inspection Information - Office: Eau Clair
Report ID: 0523900
Open Date: 10/01/2019
Roen Salvage Company
Lake Superior, Near Minnesota Pointnull Superior, WI 54880
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 237990/Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
Mailing: 180 East Redwood Streetp.O. Box 26, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Case Status: CLOSED
Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 120398.015
Employee Dies By Drowning In Dredging Operation
At 11:00 a.m. on September 30, 2019, Employee #1, a 68-year-old, male employee, and two coworkers were operating a Monarch brand, 21-foot long, aluminum-hulled boat, in Lake Superior, to inspect floating/dredged sediment from a discharge pi pe, in Duluth, MN. Due to severe weather, e.g., a combination of high winds and waves, the boat then capsized and its engine failed. In response, the two cowo rkers swam to shore with their lifejackets and contacted the U.S. Coast Guard an d EMS for assistance. Afterwards, Employee #1 was recovered and despite lifesav ing efforts, he drowned and was pronounced dead, at the scene.
boat, drown, drowning, engine, lost consciousness, malfunction, obstructed egress, operating, overturn, pipe, police, river, safe, sand, water, weather
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