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Kansas man dies while swimming from pontoon in northern Minnesota lake

The man became "distressed" while in the water, the sheriff's office said.

A 66-year-old Kansas man died after being pulled unresponsive from the water on a northern Minnesota lake. 

Edward Rando, from Towanda, Kansas, had been swimming from a pontoon on Ruth Lake in Emily, Minnesota, around 3 p.m. Monday, according to the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office. While in the water he "became distressed," authorities said.

People nearby tried to get flotation devices to Rando, but he became unresponsive. Some boaters at the nearby access then came over and helped pull the man's body from the water. 

Rando was taken to the lake access and people tried to provide life-saving aid, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriff's office. 

His body was taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner. The sheriff's office said the apparent cause of death is drowning.

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