[Update]19-year-old drowns in Pokegama Lake

Monday, November 10th, 2008 at 10:50 am

Tyler Carl Balfany, 19, of Coon Rapids died, Saturday, after drowning in Pokegama Lake in Pine City. The Pine County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call just before 4 a.m.

Balfany was one of two men on a paddle boat when it began to sink. The other man, Kyle Theis of Coon Rapids, was able to swim to shore safely.

Balfany’s body was recovered at 10:15 a.m. and transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiners Office.

Pine County Chief Deputy, Steve Ovick, says the temperature was 46 degrees at the time, and called the situation a “recipe for disaster.”

Results from the autopsy conducted in Ramsey County are expect early this week.

Chisago and St. Louis County Sheriff’s Offices, the Minnesota DNR and the Pine City Fire Department assisted at the scene.


  1. grace melander 11/10/08 at 12:30pm

    rip tyler

  2. Amber Lofgren 11/10/08 at 12:58pm

    You will be missed Tyler rip.

  3. Amy Otto 11/10/08 at 5:14pm

    Does anybody know where on the lake this happened?

  4. Kristi Delaney 11/10/08 at 5:45pm

    Hey Tyler, everyone misses you. Rest in peace and please watch over us.

  5. Ashley 11/10/08 at 8:47pm

    RiP Tyler. People are gunna miss you.

  6. PC Mom 11/11/08 at 7:58am

    My condolences go out to the family.

Comment on this Story

Join the conversation! All fields are required, but your email address will never be published or shared. Your comment will be held for moderation before posting.