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OSHA investigating death of DNR conservation officer

April 24, 2019 09:56 AM

A spokesperson for the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration confirmed the agency is investigating the death of a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer who was thrown from a boat on Cross Lake Friday night. 

The spokesperson said they will examine records and review equipment to see what might have caused or contributed to the incident. 

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Conservation officer Eugene Wynn and a Pine County sheriff's deputy were thrown from their boat just minutes after they left a launch to respond to a call of a possible body floating in the lake.


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Investigators have determined there was no body floating in the water, but are not yet certain what caused the boat to toss the two men into the water and then sink. 

The Pine County sheriff's -- who was identified as Sgt. Scott Grice -- deputy survived, but Wynn was pronounced dead at the scene. The Pine County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that Grice was rescued by Deputy Cody LaRoue and Deputy Aaron Quesenberry. 

Wynn's wife, Pine County Judge Heather Wynn, released the following statement on Tuesday:

"I, my children, and Eugene's parents are so thankful for the support of the first responders, Eugene's law enforcement community, and my judicial family in response to this great loss. I also am grateful to the many others who have reached out to share their love and support. At this time, I ask for your prayers for my family." 

On Tuesday, DNR Communications Coordinator Joe Albert said a funeral for Wynn is planned for this Friday. A visitation will be held at 10:30 a.m. and the service will be at noon at the Pine City Civic Center. 

A large turnout from the Minnesota law enforcement community is expected. 
 

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