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More than a dozen agencies search for missing swimmer Monday in presumed drowning in Big Kandiyohi Lake

Search and rescue efforts Sunday in Big Kandiyohi Lake by multiple agencies continued until nightfall and began again at daybreak Monday and are currently underway.

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Over a dozen agencies continue to look for a missing swimmer Monday in a presumed drowning in Big Kandiyohi Lake according to Detective Sgt. Kent Bauman. Mark Wasson / West Central Tribune

LAKE LILLIAN — Over a dozen agencies continue to look for a missing swimmer Monday in a presumed drowning in Big Kandiyohi Lake , according to Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office Detective Sgt. Kent Bauman.

The search for the 32-year-old man includes water, ground and air searches, according to Bauman, who said the Minnesota State Patrol is bringing in a helicopter to canvas the area.

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Over a dozen agencies continue to look for a missing swimmer Monday in a presumed drowning in Big Kandiyohi Lake according to Detective Sgt. Kent Bauman. Mark Wasson / West Central Tribune

According to an earlier news release, the Sheriff's Office received a report around 6:32 p.m. Sunday that the man went missing while swimming from a boat in the lake.

A boater attempted to find the man but was unable to.

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"The focus right now is on the last known area (of the swimmer)," Bauman said, adding that it was around the middle of the lake where the man was last seen.

According to Bauman, the man was with friends on a boat in the lake, went into the water with no life jacket and struggled before going underwater.

The search Sunday night was called off around 11 p.m. due to safety concerns and picked up around 6 a.m. Monday.

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Over a dozen agencies continue to look for a missing swimmer Monday in a presumed drowning in Big Kandiyohi Lake according to Detective Sgt. Kent Bauman. Mark Wasson / West Central Tribune

"The wind was very difficult to deal with," Bauman said.

Emergency services have also deployed drones to search the area.

The Lake Lillian Fire Department and Ambulance, Carris Health — Rice Hospital Ambulance, Life Link, New London Fire Department, Spicer Fire Department, Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Meeker County Sheriff's Office, Willmar Police Department, McLeod County Sheriff's Office, Renville County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota State Patrol and Kandiyohi County Emergency Management are assisting in the incident.

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Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at mwasson@postbulletin.com.
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