Investigation results released in death of conservation officer thrown from boat

Eugene Wynn Photo: Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Eugene Wynn

May 09, 2019 03:19 PM

The Pine County Sheriff's Office released its final update on the investigation into the death of a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer who was thrown from a boat on Cross Lake in April. 

Conservation officer Eugene Wynn and Pine County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Grice 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.


According to the release, Grice and Wynn were planning to circle the boat around to pick up another sheriff's deputy from the boat launch. The sheriff's office said Wynn accelerated the boat and suddenly made a left turn, causing the boat to overcorrect and throw the watercraft. 

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The release said a deputy went to a neighboring property to use a boat that was on shore. Before the deputy could reach Grice, Wynn was under the water. 

Another deputy used a paddle boat and was able to assist getting Grice to shore. Grice was taken to an area hospital for temperature-related injuries. 

According to the release, the Coast Guard inspected the boat and did not find any abnormalities that could have contributed to the incident. 

The sheriff's office said there were two life-jackets in the boat at the time, but neither Grice or Wynn were wearing one. State law does not require adults to wear life jackets. 


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