Itasca County Sheriff’s Office

440 1st Avenue NE

Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Phone (218) 326-3477

Fax (218) 326-4663

Press Release

Contact: Sheriff Vic Williams

Phone: 218-326-3477

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 26, 2013


On June 25th, 2013 at approximately 5:10 pm, the Itasca County Sheriff Department received a report of a float plane that had crashed into Shoal Lake five miles north of Grand Rapids, Minnesota.


The Itasca County Sheriff Department along with Itasca County Search and Rescue, Cohasset Fire and Minnesota DNR proceeded to the scene finding the float plane partially submerged underwater. The pilot and only occupant, identified as Gerard Dale Pearson, age 71, was rescued from the plane.


Pearson was taken to the Grand Itasca Medical Center and was later airlifted to the Miller Dwan Intensive Care Duluth. Pearson’s medical condition is unknown at this time. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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