Watercraft Accident


On May 5th, 2019 at 11:39 a.m., the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received information about two kayakers who overturned on the Mississippi River near the Sauk Rapids Bridge.

Leo Johnsen, 23, of Sauk Rapids, and Anna Rosburg, 23, of Cambridge, were kayaking on the Mississippi River. Two other kayakers witnessed Johnsen and Rosburg head into the rapids and capsize. Rosburg was able to get out of the rapids and was seen swimming towards shore. Johnsen was stuck in a hydraulic whirlpool and was pulled under the water surface at least three times. Johnsen was able to get out of the hydraulic whirlpool and the witness assisted Johnsen to shore.

Johnsen was treated at the St. Cloud Hospital for minor injuries.

A Stearns County Deputy located Rosburg walking in the area of 6th Avenue North. Mayo Ambulance responded to treat Rosburg.

St. Cloud Fire Department, Sauk Rapids Fire Department, Sauk Rapids Police Department and Benton County Sheriff’s Office assisted.