Fergus Falls man drowns on Detroit Lake

A Fergus Falls man drowned Wednesday afternoon on Detroit Lake.

The Becker County Sheriff’s Office says 20-year-old Jette Frandson jumped off a pontoon in an area of the lake south of the Holiday Inn and hadn’t resurfaced around 5:30 p.m.

More than three hours later, the victim was found in about 29 feet of water and pronounced dead at the scene.

Others on the pontoon said the wind began to push the pontoon away from Frandson who had begun to struggle.

Three of his friends jumped in but were unsuccessful in rescuing him.

Frandson was not wearing a life jacket. The incident remains under investigation.

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