Sections

Weather Forecast

Close
Advertisement
The Risland brothers, Zechariah, top left, Jacob, bottom left, and Isaiah Risland, bottom right, are shown with cousin Isabelle Staley in this 2010 family photo. The Risland brothers and their father, Dan Risland, were in a sailboat Friday when it sank in Clearwater Lake. Zechariah and Jacob died, apparently from hypothermia, while Isaiah is hospitalized at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. Special to Forum Communications

Friend says sailboat tragedy traumatic for father

Email

BEMIDJI, Minn. - One of Dan Risland's closest friends said he was a good father and believes he's being unfairly criticized in the sailboat accident that critically injured one of his sons and killed two younger ones.

Leah Rowland of Bemidji described Dan Risland as a terrific father who sailed the boat several times before taking his sons out in it.

The 1972 fiberglass sailboat sunk last Friday, sending Risland and his three sons - 8-year-old Isaiah,

Are you a newspaper subscriber but you don't have a Digital Access account yet? https://secure.forumcomm.com/?publisher_ID=40&event=subscriber/lookup.

You will need your subscription account number and phone number. Not sure if you have an account? Email us at subscriberservices@forumcomm.com and we can help you.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement