A 75-year-old man's body was pulled from the water in Glenwood on July 2, the Pope County Sheriff's Office said Monday.
David Wedum, of Glenwood, was pulled from the water around 9:24 a.m. after the sheriff's office received a call reporting a body in the water near the shore of Lake Minnewaska on Shady Oaks Road.
Wedum's pontoon was about 20 feet from his dock with the pontoon legs partially deployed and the side door open.
An investigation into Wedum's cause of death is underway.
As of June 14, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reported five boating fatalities, 15 non-boating accidents and six non-boating drownings so far this year.
Those figures do not include the several water-related fatalities and injuries that have been reported over the past week, during which many Minnesotans were drawn to area lakes for the July 4 holiday weekend and to escape the hot and humid temperatures.
On Friday, a 10-year-old boy died while swimming in the St. Croix River and two women were injured in separate incidents related to cliff jumping and falling from the rocks at Quarry Park in Waite Park.
Over the weekend, a 20-year-old Chicago man drowned in Middle Spunk Lake west of St. Cloud.
In St. Louis County on Saturday, July 4, there were at least three water emergencies, including a man who was injured by a tow rope while tubing, a man who was found unresponsive in a lake and a man who required CPR after jumping off a pontoon.
On Sunday, a person died after being found unresponsive Sunday in Eagle Lake in Willmar and officials recovered a body during a search for a man who fell off his pontoon on Lake Carlos, near Alexandria, on Friday evening.
Water safety tips
Here are some tips to stay safe around the water this summer, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office:
- Make sure you're actively supervising children and other swimmers when they're near the water. In 70 percent of cases where a child has drowned, one or both parents were nearby.
- Even when lifeguards are on duty, parental supervision is needed to watch your swimmers to keep them safe.
- Adult swimmers should keep an eye on each other, especially in open water like lakes and rivers.
- Those who aren't strong swimmers should wear life jackets – water wings and inflatable devices are not enough, especially for children.
- Teach yourself and your children how to swim. There are local programs for low-income families. Reach more about them here.
- Keep safety equipment near pools.
Additional water safety and boating tips can be found on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website here.