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Minneapolis man dies after tipping canoe in the Boundary Waters

The 75-year-old went under while trying to right his canoe.

A 75-year-old Minneapolis man died Tuesday in a canoeing accident in the Boundary Waters of northeast Minnesota. 

According to the Cook County Sheriff's Office, Niles Richard Schulz was canoeing on Sawbill Lake near the portage to Kelso Lake, located about 25 miles north of Tofte, when his canoe capsized. 

A group on the lake with him told the sheriff's office that they heard a splash and then saw Schulz standing up, attempting to flip his canoe back over. Sadly, he wasn't able to do so and wound up going under.

His group tried to find him but couldn't, and a search and rescue operation eventually recovered his body around 5:30 p.m.

"The outcome of today’s search was heartbreaking," said Sheriff Pat Eliasen. "Our condolences are with the victim’s family and other members of his party."

Schulz was not wearing a life jacket, the sheriff noted. 

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