Searchers recover body of man who drowned in Beltrami Co. lake

Searchers recover body of man who drowned in Beltrami Co. lake Photo: WDIO/MGN

Updated: January 12, 2021 03:42 PM
Created: January 12, 2021 03:33 PM

Searchers have recovered the body of a man who drowned in a Beltrami County Lake over the weekend.

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office says they were notified of a vehicle possibly going through the ice on Lake Irving around 1:00 Sunday afternoon. 

Authorities responded to the scene and learned that a set of tire tracks had been located that led to a hole in the ice in an area known to have unstable ice.

Authorities then began searching the area, and divers confirmed that a vehicle had been located below the ice.

The sheriff's office says the man's body was located with the assistance of an underwater ROV (remotely operated vehicle), and recovered around 6:30 Monday night.

The man's body was transported to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

His name will be released after confirmation by the medical examiner. 

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office says they are "extremely grateful for the tremendous amount of support, and teamwork from the Bemidji Fire Department, Bemidji Police Department, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Enforcement, Red Lake Department of Public Safety Conservation Enforcement and the volunteer men and women of the Lakes Area Dive Team."

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