A beloved Eden Prairie swim coach died in a northern Minnesota boating accident over the 4th of July weekend, and the driver of the boat has been arrested in connection with her death.
Brenda Larson, 50, coached with Team Foxjet in Eden Prairie for six years, teaching 5 to 8-year-olds how to swim.
The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office says Larson was riding in a boat driven by a 45-year-old Minnetonka man, with a 4-year-old also on board when they were thrown into the water about 4:15 p.m. Saturday, when riding into a harsh wave.
The driver’s wife, who was not thrown overboard, alerted nearby fishermen who rescued the boat driver and the child.
Investigators say when the driver went back to rescue Larson from the water, she was unresponsive and not breathing when she was pulled onto the boat a short time later. Rescuers took her to shore, and she was pronounced dead at a Cass Lake hospital. The boat driver remains in jail pending an autopsy and formal charges, but was arrested on suspicion of boating under the influence.