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Update: Body pulled from Lake Minnetonka ID'd

The body was found at around 4 p.m. Thursday.
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Officials have identified the body found in Lake Minnetonka Thursday afternoon, a day after an abandoned sailboat was found in the water.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner announced Saturday it was 65-year-old David Charles Carlson of Blaine.

According to the examiner, he was injured sometime Wednesday, and he died Thursday around 2:30 p.m. – an hour and a half before his body was pulled from the water.

Authorities are still investigating exactly what happened.

Read the original story from Friday below.

A body was pulled from Lake Minnetonka on Thursday, a day after an abandoned sailboat was found in the water.

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office confirmed the man's body was found in Smith Bay around 4 p.m.

Authorities had started searching the lake a day earlier, after finding the unmanned sailboat in the water at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

At this stage, police don't know if the man they found had any link to the boat.

He's not been identified yet, with the Hennepin Medical Examiner's Office expected to release his name and cause of death at a later stage.

The Lakeshore Weekly News reports that the sailboat had been left to run aground, and the owner had not lowered its sails.

Eyewitnesses told the newspaper this could be a sign the boater may have left the vessel "suddenly."

Water deaths have been rising

Deaths on Minnesota's lakes and rivers rose last year, according to recent statistics released by the Minnesota DNR.

There were 57 boating fatalities and non-boating drownings in 2016, up from 53 in 2015, 43 in 2014, and 42 in 2013.

It was the deadliest year for boating fatalities and drownings since 2011, when there were 66.

There were also more non-fatal boating accidents last year than there have been in a single year since 2007, with 79 people injured in 2016.

The DNR has a list of boat and water safety tips, which can be found here.

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