Man dies from injuries after jumping into Wall Lake to save children

Published: Jun. 16, 2020 at 10:58 PM CDT
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The man who had to be pulled from the water after saving two children who fell into Wall Lake has died from his injuries.

The Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as 38-year-old Lazerick Grant of Sioux Falls.

Investigators say Grant jumped into the water around 8:40 p.m. Tuesday to save two children. However, he failed to resurface. Emergency responders eventually pulled him from the water after a 45-minute search.

He was taken to a Sioux Falls hospital, where he was declared dead Tuesday morning.

"By all witness accounts, Mr. Grant saved the lives of two children who fell off a flotation device into the water at Wall Lake Beach at the cost of his own life," Capt. Mike Walsh said, via a statement.


has been created to help the family pay for funeral expenses.


UPDATE, Wednesday 10:45 a.m.

Authorities say a man who nearly drowned at Wall Lake remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

The victim went into the water around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday. He was found after a 45-minute search.

According to the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office, witnesses say the man was with some children on a flotation device. A couple of the children fell into the water, and the man went in after to rescue them.

No one else was injured. Authorities previously described the victim as a man in his 30s. No other details about the incident have been released.


UPDATE: Wednesday, 2:30 a.m.

Authorities say the man at Wall Lake was airlifted to the hospital. His condition is still unknown.


Rescue crews were called to Wall Lake on Tuesday just before 9:00 PM for reports of a drowning.

Captain Mike Walsh with the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office said a man in his 30s has been pulled out of the water after being under for about 45 minutes. His condition is unknown.

Stay with Dakota News Now for the latest on this developing story. Authorities are expected to release more information on Wednesday morning.