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Merrifield man dies after being pulled out of Pelican Lake

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a man pulled from the water, reported at 2:59 p.m., Sunday, June 19, in Breezy Point at the Pelican Lake public access.

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BREEZY POINT — A 49-year-old Merrifield man died Sunday, June 19, on Pelican Lake.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report at 2:59 p.m. of a man pulled from the water while swimming from a pontoon on the south part of Pelican Lake near a public access.

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According to the report, the man was not breathing and CPR was being performed on the pontoon.

Deputies along with a Breezy Point Police officer, Zone 3 First Responders and North Memorial Health Ambulance met a pontoon at the access with the victim on board and continued life-saving measures.

The man was identified as Loren Michael Hinch.

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The incident is currently under investigation by the sheriff's office and the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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