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Minn. man drowns while fishing near Red Wing

RED WING, Minn. -- A 40-year-old St. Paul man drowned Monday morning, May 28, while fishing the Cannon River west of Red Wing, according to the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office.

The man was fishing off the shore near Welch when he fell in and failed to surface, the sheriff’s office said. They received a 911 call at 11:36 a.m.

Authorities have not named the man, but KSTP-TV identified him through a family member as Mor Gelay, a refugee from Myanmar with six children.

The sheriff’s office and DNR conservation officers searched the water with an airboat and a boat equipped with sonar. More than an hour after the emergency call, canoers reported seeing the man’s body in the water.

Searchers retrieved the body about 1 p.m.

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