UPDATE: 1 dead in boating incident on Lake Minnetonka, another rescued

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One person was rescued and another died in a boating incident Monday on Lake Minnetonka. 

According to the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, at about 10:26 a.m. deputies from the sheriff's office water patrol were dispatched to a report of boaters thrown from a boat in the area of Gideon Bay. HCSO personnel learned that two men were in the boat when rough water caused them to be thrown from the watercraft. 

Neither of the boaters were wearing life vests at the time. One of the men was able to swim to a buoy where he was rescued by another boater.

Police say an extensive search of the area was conducted by rescue personnel. Eventually, dive team personnel were able to recover the body of the second boater shortly after 12:30 p.m., according to the sheriff's office. 

“Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the person who lost their life in this incident,” Sheriff Dave Hutchinson said. “It is especially tragic when this happens when people are engaged in an activity like boating, which can be so peaceful.  The sad lesson of this is the importance of always wearing a life preserver when you are out on the water.”

The sheriff's office confirmed, after the men were thrown from the boat, it started spinning out of control, likely because it was unattended.

Cindy and Mike Schwartz witnessed the runaway boat from their home in Excelsior.

"I'm like 'Oh, this is not looking good,"" Cindy Schwartz said. "I think we all knew an empty boat spinning around in this kind of weather, choppy weather is not a good sign."

She took a video of people on a barge trying to contain the boat.

"It looked like the barge was just trying to stop the boat from hitting anybody, to bring it to a stop," Mike Schwartz said.

The video shows the boat ultimately flying out of the water onto the barge.

Investigators believe rough water played a role in this incident and led to the men being thrown from the boat. 

"It was particularly windy today and a little bit of a higher chop than normal out here, so you could see where a small boat could run into trouble if they weren't careful," Mike Schwartz said.

The incident remains under investigation by investigators from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office. The identification of the victim and cause of death will be released by the Medical Examiner's Office at a later time.

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