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Minnesota conservation officer dies after being thrown from boat

He was responding to a call of a possible body floating in the water.

A Minnesota DNR conservation officer has died after he was thrown from a boat and went under as he tried to swim back to shore.

The tragedy happened on Cross Lake, east of Pine City, just before 8 p.m. Friday when the conservation officer and a Pine County deputy launched a boat into the lake after receiving a report of a possible body in the water.

But within a minute of leaving the launch, both the conservation officer and the deputy were thrown from the boat.

They began swimming towards shore as other deputies got a row boat from a neighboring property and started rowing out to save them.

They were able to reach the Pine County deputy, but the conservation officer slipped under the water before they could get to him.

After an extensive search, his body was found at 1:35 a.m.

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The deputy meanwhile was taken to the Firstlight Hospital in Mora, where he was treated for temperature-related injuries.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, and the name of the victim has not been released at this stage.

Further efforts were made to find the object initially reported as a possible body, but without success. The Pine County Sheriff's Office says it has not had any reports of missing persons.

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