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Drowning victim found on Long Lake

Becker County authorities search for a missing man on Long Lake near Detroit Lakes, Minn., on Tuesday, July 4, 2011. David Samson / The Forum1 / 2
A Becker County Sheriff's deputy delivers an air tank for divers as authorities search for a missing man on Long Lake near Detroit Lakes, Minn., on Tuesday, July 4, 2011. David Samson / The Forum2 / 2

Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon says they have found the body of a man who drowned on Long Lake Sunday.

Gordon says they found the victim, who is believed to be a Detroit Lakes man in his 40's, in the "target zone" of where they originally believed him to be. Gordon says they found the man in about 34 feet of water. Low visibility due to deep, dark conditions hampered the search yesterday. Ten divers with specialized equipment have been rotating one-hour shifts yesterday and this morning.

Gordon said the man was one of four people aboard a pontoon boat on the lake about 12 miles southeast of Detroit Lakes. Gordon said authorities speculate that he jumped off the boat into the lake and the boat drifted and hit him in the head. The man's identity, along with more information on the incident, is expected to be released later today.

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