2 people die in Minnesota lakes on Saturday

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Two people died on Minnesota lakes Saturday after apparently drowning.

One incident involved a man who fell overboard while out on a popular resort lake in central Minnesota.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says it received a report at around 4:34 p.m. of a man falling into Lake Miltona, near Alexandria, and failing to resurface.

The location where he fell in was marked by GPS and a search was carried out by the Sheriff's Office dive team, with assistance from North Air Care.

They found the victim in six-and-a-half-feet of water and began resuscitation efforts, which continued after he was taken to shore.

However the victim had been in the water for at least an hour, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man's identity has not been revealed at this stage, as family are still being informed.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office was assisted by private boaters, the DNR, Leaf Valley First Responders, Miltona First Responders, North Ambulance and North Air Care.

Lake Miltona is the largest lake in Douglas County and is home to several vacation resorts, according to Visit Lake Miltona. It is also a popular spot for fishing.

The other incident happened Saturday around 1:30 p.m. at Lake Orono, Elk River police told FOX 9. People at the lake had pulled the man, who was in his 40s, from the water before first responders arrived, the news station says.


In another incident Saturday, a child was pulled from an apartment pool in Burnsville. WCCO says the child was found unresponsive and was taken to the hospital – the child's condition hasn't been released.

In 2015, there were 35 non-boating drownings in Minnesota, while there were 18 boating fatalities, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural resources.

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