An Illinois man drowned and his fishing buddy was arrested Wednesday following a boating accident on Lake Kabetogama .
Stanislaw Kozaczka, 55, Harwood Heights, Ill., was arrested for criminal vehicular operation — alcohol (0.09, barely 3 beers)— resulting in death after Wlodzimierz Dziechciowski, 66, Chicago, fell out of the boat Kozaczka was driving.
Kozaczka was lodged at the St. Louis County Jail in Hibbing pending formal charges by the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office.
Kozaczka told the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office that at nearly 5 p.m. the boat struck the wake of another boat (did they check blood alcohol of the driver of the big boat that nearly swamped them?) and Dziechciowski fell overboard. He said with the help of a passerby, he was able to pull the unconscious Dziechciowski from the water and back into the boat, and they traveled to Park Point Resort where they made a 911 call for help.
Medical staff responded to the scene where they provided life-saving efforts, but Dziechciowski was pronounced dead at the scene.
The cause of death is pending autopsy results by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Anoka.
The incident remains under investigation by the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, which was was assisted by the Kabetogama Fire & First Responders, International Falls Ambulance Service, Life Link air medical, St. Louis County Rescue Squad, Kabetogama Commercial Club, Rocky Ledge Bar and Grill, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Bill Roden, my dog and assorted others.