Press Releases

SO responds to drowning in West Okoboji Harbor

On Monday, April 9 at approximately 8:11pm, the Dickinson County Communications Center took a report of a missing person in the West Okoboji Harbor area. Upon investigation it was determined that the person may have fallen from a dock. The Arnolds Park/Okoboji Dive Team was notified and began a search of the area with the Spirit Lake Fire Department.

At 9:42pm, divers recovered the body of 85 year-old Frederick Boer from Sanborn, Iowa, in about six to seven feet of water at the end of a dock where it was believed he had been fishing earlier in the day.

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office was assisted by:

  • Arnolds Park/Okoboji Dive Team
  • Spirit Lake Fire Department
  • Lakes Regional Hospital Ambulance
  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  • Dickinson County Emergency Management
  • Dickinson County Communications Center

Location & Contact Info

Dickinson County Sheriff's Office

Physical Address
1802 Hill Avenue, Suite 1200
Spirit Lake, IA 51360

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 214
Spirit Lake, IA 51360

(t) 712-336-2793
(f) 712-336-1946