Minnesota Man Dies Sunday in Freshwater Drowning on Pelican Lake

On Sunday, a 49-year-old Merrifield resident drowned in freshwater on Pelican Lake.

A complaint of a guy being taken from the lake while swimming from a pontoon on the south end of Pelican Lake close to a public access received the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office’s attention at 2:59 pm.

The man was reportedly not breathing, and CPR was being done on the pontoon.

Deputies met a pontoon at the access with the victim on board and continued performing lifesaving procedures alongside a Breezy Point police officer, first responders, and North Memorial Health Ambulance.

Loren Michael Hinch was the individual in question.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office and the sheriff’s office are both presently looking into the event.

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