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Body pulled from Vermillion River southeast of Twin Cities

Dakota County search teams found the body in the early hours of Tuesday.

A man has drowned in the Vermillion River in southern Dakota County, authorities say.

The Dakota County Sheriff's Office said it was called to a river access at the Etter Bridge in Ravenna Township to a possible drowning at 9 p.m. Monday.

Recovery teams searched in the darkness, and eventually found a body at around 1:40 a.m.

Officers were told by a witness that the man was attempting to swim across the river when he was swept downstream by a fast-moving current. He began to struggle and eventually went under, when the witness lost sight of him.

The county's dive team used sonar to locate the body, which was found in an area near Hwy. 68.

He has been identified as 30-year-old Maung Ngae, of St. Paul.

"We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim for their tragic loss," the sheriff's office said.

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The latest figures from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety show that 22 people have died in boating or drowning incidents in the state as of July 15.

Of those, nine were boating fatalities, with the other 13 non-boating-related drownings.

This is fewer than the same time last year, by which point there had been 26 deaths.

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