Matthew Anderson Obituary, Death – According to the authorities, a guy from Albert Lea passed away on Thursday after drowning in Fountain Lake close to the Edgewater Bay boat dock. It is unknown what the man, identified as Matthew Jay Anderson, 66, was doing with his pontoon on the lake, according to the Freeborn County Sheriff Ryan Shea. It is possible that he was trying to remove it out of the water. “For some reason, he ended up in the water as he was doing that, and he began to struggle,” Shea recalled.
It was said that someone who lives in the area heard him shouting for help and rushed over on his own pontoon to help, but as soon as he plunged into the water, Anderson vanished under the water and was no longer visible. The Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota State Patrol, and the Albert Lea Fire Rescue Department all reacted to the incident. As officers from the police and fire departments arrived on the scene, they immediately began conducting dive searches in the surrounding area.
Shea reported that the search included the participation of underwater divers in addition to the use of three boats that came from the DNR, the Sheriff’s Office, and Albert Lea Fire Rescue. During the search, they also used bottom drags that were performed off the boat. The authorities used a technique called side imaging to locate Anderson, and they did so approximately 20 feet away from the edge of the dock, in water that was approximately 8 and a half feet deep, according to the sheriff.
When Anderson was found, Shea guessed that he had been submerged for close to an hour before he was discovered. Trevor DeRaad, another member of the fire department, was taken to the Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea by Mayo Ambulance after becoming entangled with one of the hooks that was attached to a drag. Remember to check back here for additional details as they become available.