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St. Paul man dies after falling into the Cannon River while fishing with family

The 40-year-old's body was recovered more than an hour after he fell in.
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A St. Paul man died when he fell into a river while fishing near Red Wing on Memorial Day.

The 40 year old was with his family fishing from the shoreline when he fell into the Cannon River around 11:36 a.m. and didn't resurface, the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office said.

He was taken away by a strong current in the river, which is a tributary of the Mississippi River, prompting a search and rescue operation.

His body was spotted at 12:45 p.m. by canoeists, and he was recovered by rescue teams about 15 minutes later.

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Family identified the man to KSTP as Mor Gelay, a St. Paul father-of-six who was a refugee from Myanmar in southeast Asia.

It is at least the third water death reported in Minnesota since Friday.

It follows the deaths of 29-year-old Der Yang, also of St. Paul, whose body was recovered from the Mississippi in Inver Grove Heights on Friday, and 55-year-old Curtis Hickle, who died in Medicine Lake on Saturday morning.

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