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Man drowns on hunting property after skidsteer falls into pond

He had been mowing grass with the skidsteer.

A man has died after an accident in northeastern Minnesota when the skidsteer tractor he was operating fell into a pond.

The incident happened at 8 p.m. Sunday at a "privately owned hunting property" in Morcom Township, St. Louis County, with police receiving a 911 saying the 50-year-old man had fallen into a manmade pond and had been underwater for almost 30 minutes.

It emerged he had been using a mowing attachment on the skidsteer to mow grass near to the pond and got too close to the edge, with the vehicle falling into the pond, trapping the driver underwater.

Family members had tried to rescue him from the 8-foot-deep pond but were unsuccessful.

When police arrived, they managed to find and remove the skidsteer but initially couldn't find the man.

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Rescue Squad then deployed an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) that used a camera and sonar to find the man.

The man's identity will be released at a later stage by the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office.

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