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Sartell Man Drowns while Boating in Crow Wing County

Updated: 06/27/2014 3:24 PM
Created: 06/27/2014 10:11 AM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

A 44-year-old Sartell man drowned while boating at a Crow Wing County lake Thursday afternoon.

Gary Thomas Steichen was with a group of people boating on a pontoon on Clearwater Lake. He jumped into the water with some of the people around 1:30 p.m. but didn't resurface, according to the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office.

Divers found the Steichen's body in about 20 feet of water around 5 p.m., authorities said. He was taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office.

Foul play isn't suspected, authorities said.

The sheriff's office was assisted by the Deerwood police and fire departments, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center and the Minnesota State Patrol.

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