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MN Conservation Officer drowns in Cross Lake while responding to call

PINE CITY, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer died after being thrown from a boat while responding to a call about a possible body in a lake near Pine City.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports the officer has been identified as Eugene Wynn. He’d been a conservation officer since 2001.

Wynn was responding with Pine County Sheriff’s deputies Friday night to a report from anglers that there might be a body in Cross Lake. The sheriff’s office says Wynn and a deputy were thrown from their boat within a minute of launching into the lake.

Authorities say rescuers were able to reach the deputy but Wynn slipped beneath the surface of the lake before he could be reached.

The sheriff’s office says they have not found the object that prompted the initial call.

PINE CITY, Minn. (KARE) — A Minnesota Conservation Officer died while responding to reports of a possible body in Cross Lake Friday night.

Dispatch received a call at around 7:44 p.m. reporting a possible body in the water, according to the Pine County Sheriff’s Office. The officer and deputies responded but were not able to determine what the object was from the shore.

The officer got his boat and he and a deputy launched into the lake. Within a minute of leaving both the officer and deputy were thrown from the boat into the water, according to the Pine County Sheriff’s Office.

The officer and the deputy began to swim to shore while other deputies attempted to rescue them with a row boat. They were able to rescue the deputy but the officer had gone under water.

An intensive search was conducted and the officer’s body was later recovered at 1:35 a.m.

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Pine Sheriff’s Office.

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