Jim Kowalski’s death details have emerged and the founder of Kowalski’s Markets died in a freak accident with a plane’s propeller, authorities report today. Kowalski was on a fishing trip in Canada with a friend, which was going fine until the platoon plane they were flying pulled into the shoreline to dock, according to Twin Cities.com on Sept. 6.
Kowalski was standing on one of the plane’s floats as the plane was making its way into the dock on Dee Dee Lake Thursday. When the plane came in contact with the dock, the plane jolted and Kowalski lost his footing and fell backwards into the propeller. Kowalski's fishing buddy was also the pilot of the plane.
This accident caused “significant” injury to Kowalski. He was transported by plane to the Red Lake Airport. He didn’t make it any further and was pronounced died at the airport from his injuries.
Dee Dee Lake is about 200 miles north of the Minnesota-Ontario border. Ontario Provincial Constable David Lamme reports that the twi men flew in on Thursday to this very remote area to fish in Dee Dee Lake. They were most likely the only people on the lake at the time of the accident because it is such a remote location.
"They were going to be fishing for the day. They flew in from another lake to go fishing for the day."
"It's a very isolated lake, there's a good chance they were the only two people on that lake at that time. It's only accessible by plane or bush road, but the easiest way in is flying."
Lamme continued saying that immediately after the accident:
"The person who was with him was able to contact a local charter company, and the local charter company flew in and helped out, and flew Mr. Kowalski back to Red Lake."
He went on to say how Kowalski didn't make it to the hospital alive. When the chartered flight landed at Red Lake Airport, the paramedics were waiting. They immediately assessed Kowalski and he was deceased upon arrival. An autopsy will be preformed on Friday, the family posted a statement on Twitter:
"The Kowalski family & staff thanks everyone for their kindness. The memory of Jim & his legacy will live on in his stores & in our hearts."