DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A Minneapolis woman was rescued from Big Detroit Lake Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 22, after her kayak capsized.

Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander said that the woman, Veronica Surges, told him a wave caused her and the kayak to flip over. She was tossed in the water and lost her paddle. Instead of trying to go to the kayak, Surges told Glander she decided to swim toward shore.

Someone from the Lodge on Lake Detroit saw Surges in the water and called authorities at 4:19 p.m. The sheriff's office, Detroit Lakes police and fire departments, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, St. Mary's EMS, state patrol and one member of the Frazee Fire Department responded.

"When we got there she was ... conscious and alert and she was just trying to get to shore," Glander said Tuesday evening, Oct. 22.

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Glander and the DNR member went on a private citizen's boat to help Surges, who was about 50 yards from the northeast shore of the lake, near the Holiday Inn and Best Western hotels, according to scanner reports. Responders also had an airboat, and two firefighters in a sheriff's boat. Another firefighter had a personal boat, but the private citizen's craft was the fastest way to help, Glander said.

Glander said that they were able to pull Surges onto their boat at 4:32 p.m.

Surges was brought to Essentia Health-St. Mary's, where she was treated and released. The kayak was also pulled to shore.

Although Surges was fine and the situation ended positively, Glander does warn the community not to go out on the lake in weather like this if they don't have to.

"It's windy and the water is cold," he said. "It doesn't take long where you start to get cold hands and hypothermia can set in real fast."

The temperature was around 37 degrees, with a windchill of 27 degrees, around the time of the incident, according to the National Weather Service. Visibility was about 10 miles on the overcast afternoon.

But if anyone does go out in this weather, having a life jacket/personal flotation device is a must. Surges was wearing a life jacket and wet suit, and that helped her immensely, Glander said.

He also said to make sure others know what you are doing when you go out on the water -- and when you are supposed to return.