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Two deaths on the Minnesota River under investigation in separate incidents in Renville County

Two deaths were reported Sunday on the Minnesota River in Renville County. One body was discovered in a log jam between Franklin and Morton, while the second was a young male who had been swimming in the river near Vicksburg Park. Both are under investigation.

This file photo shows the Minnesota River along the Renville and Redwood County corridor.
The Renville County Sheriff's Office is investigating two deaths Sunday on the Minnesota River in Renville County.
West Central Tribune file photo
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Editor's note: The Renville County Sheriff's Office on Monday evening issued an updated news release, identifying the two men who died in these incidents. Read more here .

MORTON — The bodies of two men, involved in separate incidents, were pulled from the Minnesota River on Sunday, the Renville County Sheriff's Office announced in a news release late Sunday night.

The identities of the individuals have not been released and the incidents remain under investigation.

The first report came in around 2:58 p.m. Sunday, when the Sheriff's Office received a 911 call about a body caught in a log jam on the river between Franklin and Morton. Both the Renville County and Redwood County Sheriff's Offices and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources responded to the scene, the release said.

The body of an adult male was located and recovered. The body was transported to the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office for identification and investigation into the cause and manner of death.

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The second incident occurred around 5:23 p.m. Sunday when the Sheriff's Office again received a 911 call, this one reporting a person who was drowning in the river near Vicksburg County Park, south of the city of Renville.

On the scene it was learned that a young male had been with family and swimming in the river. The male had not been wearing a life jacket and had begun to struggle in the water, the release said. It was reported the male had gone underwater and emergency responders launched several boats and a search began.

The male was pulled from the water around 7:40 p.m. and resuscitation attempts were begun before he was transported to the CentraCare-Redwood Hospital. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Other agencies responding to that scene to assist Renville County included the Redwood County Sheriff’s Office, Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota DNR, Renville Fire Department, Granite Falls Fire Department, Belview Fire Department, Redwood Falls Fire Department, CentraCare Ambulance-Redwood Falls, Granite Falls Ambulance and North Air Care.

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.


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