Man dies in possible drowning: Second drowning in 2 days in Cass County
LONGVILLE—A second possible drowning in two days was reported in Cass County.
The Cass County Sheriff's Office responded Tuesday, May 21, to a report of a deceased man in Louise Lake in Wabedo Township, rural Longville. Louise Lake is a small lake just to the north of Wabedo Lake. This came after a possible drowning Monday, May 20, when a woman was found dead in the water on Leech Lake.
Deputies and responders were called at 3:25 p.m. Tuesday to the second possible drowning, where a man's body was located in the water near a fishing boat. The identity of the man, a 78-year-old from Illinois City, Ill., was withheld pending notification of family members. An autopsy is scheduled with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office and the investigation continues with the assistance from a DNR conservation officer.
In a news release, Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch encouraged people who are on the water or near shore to wear a life jacket to be safe, as one never knows what could happen. Burch said people also should make sure others know where they are going so if something happens, there is someone to look after them.
Safety tips from the DNR
• Wear a life jacket and make sure children wear theirs.
• Stay sober. Booze and boating don't mix. Alcohol is the No. 1 factor in boating fatalities.
• People who go out on the lake should tell someone where they're going and when they'll be back. If the person doesn't return, others should call 911. Bring a phone or marine radio.
• Be weather aware. Don't let a storm sneak up. Go slow in rough water to avoid capsizing.
• Minnesota law requires a properly fitted life jacket to be worn by children younger than 10 years old when aboard any watercraft while underway. Underway means not attached to a permanent mooring or tied to a dock.