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Man pulled from icy depths of Maple Grove pond dies


A Twin Cities man has died after he reportedly walked onto receding ice over a Maple Grove pond Friday night and slipped into the water, several local outlets are reporting.

KARE 11 reports that Andrew Pitts, 20, from Brooklyn Park, died at Maple Grove Hospital after crews pulled him out of the water Friday night, where he had been for nearly an hour.

WCCO-TV reported that the Hennepin County Medical Examiner said the death was a drowning and is pending further investigation

According to the Star Tribune, Pitts died shortly before 10 p.m. Friday, about two hours after a witness called 911 to report that a man had fallen through the ice on a holding pond just off Main Street.

The Star Tribune also says emergency responders were called to the pond behind Great River Energy on Elm Creek Boulevard around 8 p.m., when the witness called 911.

About an hour later, divers from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Water Patrol located the man in an area of the pond that was partially covered in ice. Authorities say he was unconscious when taken to Maple Grove Hospital.

KSTP has video from the scene.

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