A 71-year-old Pine River man died Wednesday, May 15, after emergency personnel attempted lifesaving efforts on a remote trail in the Stewart Lake area in Timothy Township.
The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office received a call at 5:37 p.m. reporting a medical situation in the Stewart Lake area, northeast of Pine River. The complainant reported he was assisting the victim, identified as David W. Zvorak, who was attempting to get his all-terrain vehicle unstuck and appeared to suffer a medical episode, falling unconscious to the ground.
Emergency personnel had a difficult time locating Zvorak and several became stuck on the trails themselves, the sheriff's office reported. A DNR officer was the first to locate the victim and attempted lifesaving efforts. Shortly after, deputies, North Memorial Ambulance personnel and the Ideal Fire Department arrived at the scene. After additional lifesaving efforts, Zvorak was pronounced dead on scene.
"This was a difficult rescue situation due to the very remote area and the conditions of the trails," Sheriff Scott Goddard stated in the news release. "I want to thank all agencies and personnel involved for assisting on the tragic event."
The sheriff's office also utilized its Crow Wing County Drone Team.