The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office recovered a body from Lake Minnetonka that is believed to be that of a swimmer who went missing while helping a struggling swimmer last Thursday.
The body was recovered around 1 p.m. Monday, with the sheriff's office noting deputies operating a Water Patrol Side-Scan Sonar and Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) found the body after searching Lake Minnetonka's Lower Lake, and then an underwater recovery team recovered the victim's body in about 55 feet of water.
The swimmer, an adult man, went missing July 16 after jumping in the water to help a swimmer who was struggling. A woman from a group of nine adults on a pontoon boat had gone into the water and started struggling when two women and a man jumped in to help her. The three women made it back onto the boat, but the man didn't.
“Every drowning death is a tragedy,” Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson said in a news release. “It’s especially sad when someone loses their life attempting to save another. Our sincerest condolences go out to the friends and family.”
The swimmer's identity and cause of death will be released later by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office.
As of June 21, there have been six non-boating drownings and five boating fatalities so far this year, the Minnesota DNR says. These figures do not include the several water-related deaths that occurred over the Fourth of July holiday weekend and the weeks since.