Pierz man drowns in Leech Lake Friday

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a multitude of serious incidents over the weekend, with the drowning of a Pierz man among the lengthy list.

According to a brief release, two adult men were out in a boat in the Sucker Bay area Friday afternoon when the 68-year-old Pierz man, who had been working on the boat’s drain plug, fell into the water.

The companion was able to float with the victim and the boat into the shore where lifesaving efforts were attempted but were not successful.

An autopsy is pending with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The Leech Lake Tribal Police Department, Leech Lake Ambulance and Sanford AirMed assisted at the scene.

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