PEWAUKEE, Wis. — The family of a central Illinois man who drowned while on a fishing trip at a resort in Canada is suing the southeastern Wisconsin-based company that runs the resort.
The wrongful death action filed in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee claims that North Haven Resort in Manitoba was negligent, didn’t provide Neil Brown a life preserver and didn’t train the boat driver properly, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported .
The lawsuit said the 80-year-old Bloomington resident died June 16, 2016, during a day-long expedition with a guide and another resort guest. The boat they were on hit a rock and flung Brown and the guide into the water.
The lawsuit said that Brown survived the crash, but that he wasn’t able to stay afloat while waiting for rescuers to arrive. Rescuers recovered his body about an hour later.
The lawsuit also said the guide knew about the location of the rock before the collision.
The resort appears to be one of three connected to the Wisconsin-based North Star Resort, Inc. The company also has two other fishing lodges on Knee Lake and Bear Lake.
David Brahm of North Star didn’t immediately return The Associated Press’ phone call seeking comment.
North Haven Resort is 370 miles northeast of Winnipeg and accessible only by airplane.
Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com