Body of man who tried to rescue nephew recovered from St. Croix River

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Authorities have recovered the body of the man who leapt into the St. Croix River in an attempt to save his nephew, according to the Chisago County Sheriff's Office.

Officials said they recovered the body of Tou Hu Vang on Friday morning, just south of the Osceola Landing, roughly 8 miles downriver from where he went missing near Taylors Falls on May 25.

The 21-year-old Coon Rapids man was caught in the swiftly moving river as he sought to reach his 11-year-old nephew, who slipped into the water during a fishing outing.

Another man came to the aid of the boy, and they both made it to shore. Sheriff's officials have noted that the river is moving three times faster than normal because of spring melts and rain.

Vang, a student at Anoka Hennepin Community College, was planning to be married in the fall.

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