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Man pulled from Mississippi River Thursday

A 71-year-old Brainerd man died Thursday at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd after emergency personnel pulled him out of the Mississippi River along East River Road, across from Don Adamson Field in Brainerd.

Brainerd Police Chief Corky McQuiston said the police department received a report about 1 p.m. Thursday of a man who jumped from the Laurel Street Bridge into the Mississippi River in Brainerd. McQuiston said witnesses reported seeing the man climb over the railing on the south side of the street and jumped into the river below. He was then observed floating downstream.

Emergency personnel went to the bridge and river bank south of Laurel Street and observed the man continuing to float downstream and noted he appeared to be unconscious.

Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Kronstedt donned a cold-water-rescue suit and entered the river on a tended line. Kronstedt was able to recover the man, bringing him to shore.

CPR was initiated and the male was transported by North Ambulance to Essentia Health where he was later pronounced dead. The male party was estimated to be in the river for almost 10 minutes.

The name of the man is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin. His body has been taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for examination.

Assisting the Brainerd Police Department were the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, Brainerd Fire Department, North Ambulance and State Patrol.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Brainerd Police at 218-829-2805.

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