Body of 69-year-old who tried to swim across lake recovered

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The body of a 69-year-old Fairmont, Minn., man has been recovered in Hook Lake, roughly 60 miles west of the Twin Cities, WCCO reports.

A family member told authorities that Keith Allan Wilken had attempted to swim across the lake just north of Hutchinson, Minn., WCCO reported. But he went missing at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Star Tribune reported. The body was found at about 7:30 p.m.

The search involved the Hutchinson Search and Rescue divers, Allina Ambulance, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota Air Patrol-Trooper 7, the Carver County Dive Team and the Kandiyohi County boat, as well as a sonar and diver, the McLeod County Chronicle reported.

There were 40 non-boating related drownings in the state last year, down from 50 the previous year. Here are the Department of Natural Resources stats on boating and water accidents.

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