HIGH WINDS: Capsized boaters rescued on Lake Minnetonka - KMSP-TV

HIGH WINDS: Capsized boaters rescued on Lake Minnetonka

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LAKE MINNETONKA, Minn. (KMSP) -

The weather forecast warned of high winds and whipping rain in the metro on Saturday but it was expected in the afternoon. Peter Slocum, along with a group of other seasoned sailors at the Minnetonka Yacht Club, decided to move ahead with their championship regatta race near Brown’s Bay around 10 a.m. However, within minutes of being on the water, the wind picked up.

“It gets windier and windier,” Slocum said. “And the next thing you know, the boat flips over.”

Slocum and his crew found themselves in the water. Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office says everyone was rescued including Slocum and his crew who waited in the choppy waters for at least 20 minutes.

Fredrick Appell’s crew on the Yingling 273 also had to be rescued after their sailboat got stranded and he hopes the weather won’t be so unpredictable for next weekends race.

“This was just very unusual how quickly it came up,” said Appell. “I think we would have been alright if it had not come in so quickly.”

At one point, the winds were hitting 50 miles per hour. Of the 9 boats "in distress" in the regatta, 4 fully capsized, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office confirmed.


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