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Adult male rescued from Hay Lake, search continues for second party

The names of the two men involved in a boating mishap Tuesday, June 12, on Hay Lake in Ponto Lake Township in rural Pine River have been released.

Ronald Reinhart, 69, Canton, Georgia, a passenger in the boat, died. James Bifulk, 67, Maplewood, was the boat operator, Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch said in a news release.

Burch reported last week that at 1:30 p.m. June 12, the Cass County Sheriff's Office received a report of two parties who had been thrown from a boat on Hay Lake in Ponto Lake Township. Responders and deputies arrived and located the man who had been operating the boat. He was transported to shore and treated on scene for minor injuries.

Reinhart's body was recovered Wednesday, June 13.

Assisting the Cass County Sheriff's Office were North Memorial Ambulance, North Memorial AirCare, Lakes Area Dive Team and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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