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Aitkin, MN (KROC-AM News) - Authorities in northern Minnesota have identified the victim of an apparent weekend drowning.

A news release issued today by the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office indicates 25-year-old Daniel Thomas Nelson of Hopkins was with a group they had been fishing on Elm Island Lake Saturday afternoon. The initial report on the deadly incident says Nelson had been drinking and was sitting on the edge of the boat when he suddenly fell into the water.

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He was not wearing a life jacket and failed to resurface. The news release says one of his friends jumped into the lake in an attempt to save him but was unable to locate Nelson in the murky water.

The Aitkin County Sheriff's Office called for assistance from the Crow Wing County Dive/Rescue Team, which used Marine electronics to locate the victim. Nelson's body was recovered from the lake about four hours after he was reported missing.

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