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Update: At least 3 people died in Minnesota waters over the weekend

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A 7-year-old girl, an apparent drunk man, and two adult women all died in Minnesota waters over the weekend.

The most recent death that was announced happened in the northwest area of the state, in Wadena County.

The Sheriff's Office says an intoxicated man at Menahga City Beach refused to leave – then got into the water, fully clothed.

Police arrived on scene and saw the man trying to swim out to a raft 50 feet from the shore. The man went under twice, coming back up each time – all while the lifeguard shouted at him to come out of the water.

He went under a third time and didn't resurface.

Lifeguards immediately swam out and pulled him from the water, unresponsive. He was airlifted to a Fargo hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

2 deaths in Hennepin County

The other three deaths happened in the Twin Cities metro:

A 7-year-old girl was at East Bush Lake Beach around 4 p.m. Sunday, when first responders tried to resuscitate her. She was pronounced dead at the hospital. They're calling it an apparent drowning.

A 36-year-old woman, ID'd Monday morning as Nitaya Keoduangdy of Mounds Views, was pulled from Lake Minnetonka around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. She died of freshwater drowning, the medical examiner said.

On Saturday evening in Long Lake, firefighters responded to a medical emergency call at Summit Park Beach. First responders tried to resuscitate the woman, who was identified as 89-year-old Larisa Baranovskaya, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office said Monday the woman appears to have died from natural causes, not drowning as initially suspected.

Boating accidents and drownings in Minnesota

Last year, 53 people died from boating or non-boating drownings in Minnesota waters, which was 10 more than the year before, according to the DNR.

The 35 non-boating-related drownings was the highest figure since 2012, and the fourth-most over the past decade.

Water safety has improved however compared to 30-40 years ago, when death numbers were around the 100 mark.

You can find water safety tips here.

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