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Searchers recover body of canoeist who went under on Little Detroit Lake

He was canoeing with a friend when he went for a swim, and began to struggle.
Diving rescue

Police say they have recovered the body of a man who went missing while canoeing on Little Detroit Lake in northwestern Minnesota at the weekend.

Abdimajid Osman Nur, 24, of Moorhead, went under while swimming in the lake Saturday afternoon.

He had been on an inflatable canoe with a friend when he went in for a swim, but began to struggle shortly after. When his friend tried to help him, the canoe capsized, with Nur then going under and failing to resurface.

His body was found Monday afternoon in around 12 feet of water, according to the Becker County Sheriff's Office.

It followed a major rescue effort that included dive teams, K-9 officers, sonar, and aerial search via airplane and drone.

"The Becker County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the citizens and businesses of Detroit Lakes and Becker County for their thoughtfulness and gracious support for the family of the drowning victim on Little Detroit Lake this weekend," the sheriff's office said.

"We also want to thank the agencies and private citizens who assisted with the search, donated food, and beverage, or offered their assistance in any way during this incident."

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