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1 dead after canoe overturns on lake; 2 others rescued


One man died and two others were rescued after their canoe overturned on Twin Lake Sunday.

The sheriff's department says in a news release the canoe overturned around 11:45 a.m. Sunday on the small lake, which is near the Little Canada/Vadnais Heights border.

Two of the man in the canoe resurfaced, and were quickly rescued by local residents who saw it happen.

The third man however never came up.

Searchers recovered the body of an adult male in the lake at around 4 p.m.

Authorities have not officially identified the man, but family members say he was 27-year-old Vang Houa Thao of St. Paul, according to the Star Tribune.

Vang's brother, Chia Thao, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press the three had launched the canoe from a friend's house on the lake Sunday morning, but they didn't take life jackets with them even though there were several at the house..

It is the first drowning in Ramsey County this year, according to the Pioneer Press.

The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office is investigating. A cause of death and official identification will be made by the county's medical examiner.

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