Missing boater turns up alive after yacht sinks on St. Croix River

- A man who went missing from a boat on the St. Croix River near Bayport, Minnesota has been found alive, according to the Washington County sheriff’s office.

Jason Elgersma, 36, and Kristin Erickson, 35, both of Minneapolis were on board the boat around 3 a.m. on Sunday morning when reportedly struck ground and started taking on water near the entrance to Bayport Marina.

Erickson made it to shore and was uninjured. Search and rescue crews continued to look for the Elgersma on both water and land on Sunday. He was located on Monday morning. No other details regarding his whereabouts have been released. 

Elgersma has an active bench warrant out for his arrest from a prior DWI probation for missing a court appearance. 

It was his attorney, Eric Thole, who called authorities. Regarding the accident, Thole told Fox 9 only that, “there were two people in the boat. And both are fine.”

The boat has been marked as a safety hazard, meaning it needs to be removed from the water by the owner in a timely manner, according to the sheriff's office. 

The accident remains under investigation.

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