One dead, man arrested on Big Sandy Lake
On Friday June 11 at approximately 11:40 p.m. Aitkin County Dispatch received a 911 call reporting a man overboard on Big Sandy Lake near Hillcrest Resort. McGregor Fire Department and Aitkin County deputies responded with boats.
Deputies launched onto Big Sandy Lake and made contact with a group of men on a Misty Harbor pontoon boat. The men on the boat told deputies that their friend, Nathen Norman Waldo, 34, of North Branch MN, had fallen off the front of the pontoon boat as the boat was moving forward. Witnesses said that Waldo was swept underneath the boat as it continued forward and believed that Waldo was struck by the motor.
Extensive attempts were made to search the water in the area the witnesses indicated they’d been. Deputies and fire department responders also searched the shoreline. They were unsuccessful in locating the missing man. On Saturday June 12 St. Louis County Search & Rescue joined the search. Nathen Waldo’s body was recovered in approximately 30 feet of water late Saturday afternoon.
The driver of the boat, Joshua Mark Harvey, 34, of Maplewood MN, was arrested on charges of Boating While Intoxicated. The Aitkin County Attorney’s Office will review the case to determine whether there is probable cause to charge Harvey with Criminal Vehicular Operation. Harvey remains in the Aitkin County Jail pending his first court appearance.
Immense gratitude to St. Louis County Search & Rescue for their assistance in this matter.