2 Idaho duck hunters rescued after boat capsizes


MEDIMONT, Idaho (AP) — The Kootenai County sheriff’s office says two hypothermic duck hunters have been rescued after a passing driver saw them clinging to their capsized boat in Medicine Lake in north Idaho.

Sheriff Rocky Watson says the passer-by called 911 on Wednesday and also flagged down an Idaho Fish and Game officer. Two Game Department officers launched their airboat into the lake and picked up the men.

The sheriff says 52-year-old Dwayne Knapton of Osburn, Idaho, was flown to a Coeur d’Alene hospital where he was initially listed in critical condition. The second man, 51-year-old Michael Jensen of Pinehurst, was treated at the scene.

Watson says one of the men shifted his weight in the boat after they retrieved a duck. That caused the 10-foot boat to list to one side and fill with water.

The men had been in the 40-degree water for 30 to 45 minutes before they were rescued.

The sheriff says they had life jackets on board but were not wearing them.