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Brainerd man drowns trying to swim after his drifting boat

His boat drifted as he tried to launch it from Gilbert Lake.

A 66-year-old man drowned last week trying to swim after his drifting boat.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff on Monday offered an update into the Thursday drowning on Gilbert Lake, identifying the victim as Douglas Alan Larson, of Brainerd.

The sheriff says that deputies found Larson's vehicle and boat trailer at a lake access, while his boat was found beached not far from the access, and close to where Larson's body was found in the water.

An investigation found that Larson had been in the process of launching his boat when it apparently drifted away.

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Larson undressed and then entered the water to retrieve his boat, but got into difficulty and is suspected to have drowned – though a final autopsy has not yet been completed.

"Sheriff Todd Dahl reminds everyone to use good recreational water and boating safety, and seriously consider all of the risks before entering the water," the sheriff's office said.

"Although the weather is becoming warmer, the water temperature is still somewhat cold and can affect the time in the water."

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