UPDATE: Jan. 18 the man was identified as David Maki, 63 years old, of Blaine, Minnesota.
A 911 caller reported seeing a vehicle fall through the ice in the narrows between Balsam Lake and East Balsam yesterday just before 5 p.m. The call came in Thursday, Jan. 17, at 4:53 p.m.
The caller advised that they had not seen anyone exit the vehicle. Emergency services and local law enforcement were immediately dispatched to respond to the location, according to a press release from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
At approximately 5:25 p.m., a single male occupant was recovered by fire/rescue personnel from a silver Toyota Rav 4 bearing Minnesota license plates which was almost fully submerged. CPR was administered and the subject was transported to the St. Croix Regional Medical Center. A med-flight helicopter had been dispatched. However, at 6:12 p.m. hospital staff advised that the subject had died.
The subject’s name is being withheld pending notification of family members. The incident is under investigation by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office. The sheriff’s office said more details will be made available at a later time.
The agencies assisting in the incident: Balsam Lake Fire Department and First Responders, Balsam Lake Police Department, Lakes Region EMS, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office.