Minnesota man's body pulled from lake after days-long search

The man was swimming off a boat on Big Kandiyohi Lake when he went missing.
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The body of a 32-year-old Danube, Minnesota, man has been found after he went missing while swimming in Big Kandiyohi Lake on Sunday evening. 

Martin Gonzalez Jr.'s body was recovered from the lake at about 6:44 a.m. on Wednesday, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office said in a news release

Gonzalez was swimming from a boat with friends on June 6 and wasn't wearing a life vest. A boater in the area tried to assist, but did not find him. 

Search and rescue efforts began Sunday and continued until Wednesday morning when his body recovered. In an update on Tuesday night, the sheriff's office thanked the volunteers helping in the search efforts and noted the extremely hot temperatures were taking a toll — one volunteer needed medical attention on Monday due to heat exhaustion.  

As of April 30 this year, the DNR reports six non-boating drownings in Minnesota. But there have been several fatal water-related incidents and drownings in recent days as people flock to the water to stay cool, with Minnesota experiencing record-high temperatures and consecutive days of 90-plus degree weather. 

In 2020, there were 49 non-boating drownings in Minnesota, the DNR says, the highest since 2011, and up from the 35 people who died in non-boating drownings in 2019. 

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