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Willmar man dies in water-related incident on northern Minnesota lake

PARK RAPIDS - A Willmar man died Wednesday following a water-related incident on a Hubbard County lake in northern Minnesota.

Hubbard County Sheriff's Office received a report at 7:38 p.m. Wednesday of a possible drowning in Lower Bottle Lake in Lake Emma Township. Lower Bottle Lake is seven miles northeast of Park Rapids.

According to the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department, 75-year-old William Naylor was working on his boat when he fell off the lift into the water shortly after 7:30 p.m.

Naylor's wife and a neighbor tried to resuscitate him, the sheriff's department said. Nevis First Responders took over but were unable to revive him.

His body was transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office to determine a cause of death.

The accident remains under investigation.

Sarah Smith is a reporter for the Park Rapids Enterprise, a Forum Communications Co. newspaper.